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Coronavirus 20 May 2020 - 3.30pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

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Recycling centres re-open next week

Our recycling centres will be re-opening next Tuesday. But the services they'll be providing will not be the same as before the lockdown.

Garngoch, Llansamlet, Penlan, Tir John and Clyne will be operating under strict new guidelines, ensuring the public and council staff are safe from the threat of coronavirus.

Only a limited range of waste materials will be allowed and we're asking residents to visit a centre only if it is absolutely essential. We will not be accepting black bag waste from residents at the site

We're also expecting big queues and should they get too long we may have to turn people away. So please make sure you check our updates about what we'll accept because we don't want people to be disappointed. There's full information here: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

 

Activities for children this half term

If you need some inspiration when it comes to entertaining your kids, we've put together lots of fun and educational resources to give you some ideas over the Whitsun holiday. Have a look at www.swansea.gov.uk/schoolsout

You can find sources of advice and activities for those with additional learning needs on www.swansea.gov.uk/supportforvulnerablelearners too.

 

Children's hub open online to serve vulnerable families

Staff at our Early Help Hubs are working to ensure that families receive the right support at the right time. The hubs offer confidential and non-judgemental support and advice on a range of issue such as child development, parenting, understanding and managing children's behaviour and strengthening family relationships.

Details about all the advice and support available for Children and Young People in Swansea to help them manage life in lockdown are now in one place.

Visit: www.swansea.gov.uk/coronavirushelpcyp

 

Students from USA and China enjoying our lifelong learning courses

Our Lifelong Learning is offering all its courses in the summer term online and free of charge and it has not gone unnoticed on the other side of the world.

Tutors have developed short teaching videos and downloadable resources for learners

There have already been lots of compliments from those taking part and a small number of learners from as far afield as Italy, the USA and Australia have joined in.

A full list of the summer term programme and how to join in can be found at https://www.swansea.gov.uk/lifelonglearning

 

Chance to bid for work on schools construction

Welsh businesses are invited to find out what opportunities will be available during three Swansea school construction schemes. They can "attend" a virtual meet-the-buyer event to discuss the schemes with main contractor Kier Construction. Organisers of this Thursday's free event include Kier and the council which is driving the projects at Bishopston Comprehensive School, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr and Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Tan-y-lan. Full story: www.swansea.gov.uk/SchoolsMTB

 

Free school meals

Changes to free school meal provision in Swansea mean that eligible parents and carers can start applying to have the choice of continuing to receive weekly food bags, having direct payments to their bank accounts to provide lunches themselves or opting out of the scheme entirely should they wish. More information on the free school meals during coronavirus page.

 

All libraries in Swansea remain closed until further notice

We are currently in the very early stages of planning for a way to reintroduce some library services, but there is no immediate plan to reopen our libraries. The safety of our customers and staff is our priority and we are carefully considering Government advice and guidance. 

If you have any items out on loan we will be automatically renewing them for you. If you have any concerns about your account then please contact us at libraryline@swansea.gov.uk.

Did you know that you can access many of our services online? Swansea Libraries members can download FREE e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Swansea Libraries members can use FREE online information resources including World Book Online, Credo Reference and NewsBank. You can sign up online to become a library member to start enjoying access to all our online resources: www.swansea.gov.uk/joinalibrary


Staff

Cloud storage for your work computer files using OneDrive and SharePoint

Our ICT team is urging staff to continue to sort personal files on their PCs ready for transferring them to the OneDrive cloud-based storage system and SharePoint. Staff are also being asked to stop using their 'h-drive' for saving documents.

ICT is asking that staff do this as soon as possible because it will improve digital resilience and improve agile working, particularly at a time when many staff are working from home.

For more information please go to this link: www.swansea.gov.uk/staffcloudstorage

 

Working from home

Staff who are currently working from home are being reminded they should continue to do so until further notice. There have been rumours that staff working from home will be expected to return in the next fortnight. This is not correct. There are no plans in the short term for staff working from home to return to work at 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 and this should only take place with the permission of their line manager.

More information about working from home is available in the HR FAQs available at 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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