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Coronavirus 7 May 2020 - 2.30pm general update

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Thursday 7 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Bay Field Hospital

Work to transform a former motor factory into a high-tech hospital ready for hundreds of beds has been completed in just over a month. The first two phases of the project were today handed over by Swansea Council to the Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB) to help the NHS in its fight against coronavirus.

The rapid transformation of the Bay Studios expansive 1950s industrial space, which saw much 24/7 working, was a joint effort between Swansea Council's experienced building services team, SBUHB and contractors Kier and TRJ.

It will initially have 420 beds for those requiring a short stay, and a discharge lounge with 80 seats for people ready to go home, which can expand to respond to growing need. Work continues so that it will also have the capacity to provide a further 540 beds if required.

More information here: www.swansea.gov.uk/BayHandover

 

Cabinet agrees £450k project to help homeless during Coronavirus

Our Cabinet has approved a £400,000 project to help ensure nobody needs to be homeless in Swansea during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The funding will allow Ty Tom Jones in Alexandra Road to be re-opened as accommodation for 20 single homeless people for a year to help support them during the pandemic.

Under the scheme, we're providing funding so that the building's owners, the housing association Pobl, can re-open and prepare it for occupation. It'll then be managed by Pobl, while homelessness charities Wallich and Caer Las will be delivering support to residents.

 

Stay at home for the Bank Holiday

Welsh police forces and the First Minister Mark Drakeford are urging people not to use the Bank Holiday weekend as a reason for non-essential travel. Swansea Council is urging people to follow UK government guidance and exercise close to home. Swansea's beach car parks and Fendrod Park car park have been closed and taped off to prevent access.

World War II veteran Ioan Valentine, 98, is also calling on residents to celebrate VE Day from the safety and comfort of their own homes tomorrow. He's being helped to stay active by the National Exercise Referral Service (NERS) provided by the NHS and Swansea Council with a bit of extra support from his daughter.

Find out more about NERS here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/ners

Find out more about VE Day activities here: www.enjoyswanseabay.com

 

 

Clap for our carers

We'll be turning the Guildhall blue once again tonight in support of all the critical workers at the council, the NHS and elsewhere who are working flat-out to protect our communities and save lives. Please stand on your doorsteps at 8.00pm to show your appreciation with a round of applause. It is much appreciated at this challenging time.

 

Child and family services keeping children safe

Front line staff in Swansea Council's Child and Family Services Department are still here for Swansea to take referrals and give advice to those who need it.

Anyone can contact the Child and Family Information, Advice and Assistance (I,A&A) service to have a discussion and get help.

You will speak to an experienced member of staff who can talk through your worries and agree what sort of help is required. The Integrated Information, Advice and Assistance Service can be contacted at 01792 635700  or email: access.information@swansea.gov.uk

If you are very worried about a child's immediate safety please ring South Wales Police on 999 but this number should only be used for urgent concerns.

 

Info-Nation's connecting to you

Infonation, our young people's service, is running a #StayConnected campaign for young people during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Since it closed its doors on Kingsway in March as part of the effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus, the team has been operating online and emergency services to support young people with the daily challenges they face or if they are in crisis.

As part of its #StayConnected campaign for all young people, living in Swansea, Info-Nation is offering a Daily Digital Drop-in Every weekday, between 2 and 4pm. Its open to any young people living in Swansea.

To get in touch, contact: www.facebook.com/infonationswanseawww.instagram.com/info_nation_swansea or email info-nation@swansea.gov.uk


Staff

Staff who have been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic should not be returning to work at their base location without permission from their line managers.

There have been some examples of staff drifting back to their base locations. At present, only those working in critical roles where they must attend their base location for meetings are allowed to do so.

Staff working from home should maintain regular contact with their manager and colleagues, take regular breaks and avoid being 'always on' by identifying non-working time.

You should also ensure you are taking steps to look after your health and wellbeing, including managing your work station and other equipment you use for work.

Please ensure, along with your line manager, that you:

  • consider your working environment and your health and safety
  • review your Display Screen Equipment Self-Assessment and revisit the online DSE training to ensure you're working safely
  • check you have the right equipment to enable you to work from home and that it's set up in the correct manner
  • agree monitoring arrangements, work programmes and targets
  • ensure that you should inform utility providers, insurance companies and mortgage providers of your intention to work at home
  • agree hours of work
  • agree contact arrangements, which may mean regular email contact confirm start and finish times
  • discuss requirements for attendance at the office for team meetings and training or to cover peaks in workload
  • consider any procedures that are different for home workers

Additional Health and Safety advice and guidance is available via staffnet on www.swansea.gov.uk/staffnet/healthandsafety 

More information is available under the 'working from home' section of staff FAQs which can be found on https://www.swansea.gov.uk/staffcoronavirusFAQs

In addition, the ICT team has produced a guidance leaflet to help manage ICT security at home, which can be found on Staffnet - Working from Home guidance leaflet 

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