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Coronavirus 5 May 2020 - 2.00pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 5 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Support for those shielding from the virus

Swansea Council is standing-by to provide support to more people who are being advised by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Wales to shield themselves for 12 weeks in order to minimise their personal risk  from coronavirus.

Swansea Council will also be writing to all those in the city who have received the letter from the CMO to let them know that help is available for those who need it.

There is lots of information on support networks on the council website at

People can also contact the council by email at and they will be referred to someone who can help and who will call back, during the opening hours of 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Those without access to email can call the council's helpline directly on 01792 636363.


More than 1,600 community champions ready to help

An army of more than 1,600 community volunteers are now helping vulnerable and isolated people across Swansea. The network has been put together by Local Area Coordinators in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are now LACs supporting every community in Swansea during the lockdown. The volunteers are supporting vulnerable neighbours and others who need support by helping them with shopping for essential items, picking-up prescriptions and being a friendly voice on the other end of the phone.

To find out more about the LAC services in your area go to and look up your local area co-ordinator


Join in VE day activities

Take the chance to go back in time for VE Day on Friday. Despite the fact the Coronavirus crisis has prevented traditional street parties from taking place, Swansea Council's cultural services team have laid on a number of treats in honour of the big day.

Video presentations, blogs and online activities are all on the menu to celebrate a special day in our country's history. West Glamorgan Archive Service, Dylan Thomas Centre, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Library Service and Swansea Museum are all laying on online treats and activities.

To find out more about what's happening go to and 


Sponsor Tim's press-up challenge

Council worker Tim Moss is adding new muscle to the fight against coronavirus by complete 10,000 sponsored push-ups by the end of this week - thousands of them in fancy dress.

Tim normally works for the Swansea Working team in social services but, like many other council staff has switched roles to support food delivery teams. The money he's raising will go directly to Swansea Bay Health Charity that supports patients, staff and services within Swansea Bay University Health Board with equipment, research, training and patient care.

Sponsor Tim through his Just Giving page.

Domestic abuse

Staff from Swansea Council's Child and Family Services Integrated Family Support including the Domestic Abuse Hub are taking part in a new public awareness campaign to help combat Domestic Abuse.

The #YouAreNotAlone campaign has been launched by the Home Office aimed at highlighting that anyone at risk of, or experiencing, domestic abuse, is still able to leave their home environment and seek refuge.



Foodbanks serving you

We're supporting a network of 14 foodbanks around the city which are providing a critical service to families during the pandemic. To find the one in your area please go to

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