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Coronavirus 27 May 2020 - 3.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Wednesday 27 May 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Parkway care home re-opens to support NHS

We've brought the former Parkway care home in Sketty back into commission to create additional residential social care beds and ease pressure on the NHS.

Karina Quinn, a care worker at Ty Waunarlwydd, successfully applied for the post of Senior Residential Care Officer at Parkway. Karina has been a care worker for the last 14 years at Ty Waunarlwydd, the council-run home and day centre that specialises in care for people with dementia.

She said the move to Parkway had been daunting but added: "We've remained professional and organised at all times and by using the correct PPE our new staff team at Parkway we will help the residents get through this."

 

Recycling update

We'd like to say a big thank you to residents for helping to keep traffic coming to our recycling centres at manageable levels. It makes a big difference in ensuring visitors and staff stay safe.

Before setting out for a visit please check our list of materials that we will take: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

We will be reviewing these measures on a regular basis and announcing any changes here and on social media. Thank you again

 

Big thank-you to Craigfelen primary school staff

Staff at Craigfelen Primary school have an extra spring in their step after pupils and parents sent them a video message thanking them for their support during lockdown.

Since the school closed in March staff have been going the extra mile to keep in touch with pupils and make sure they have school work to do.

Head teacher Alison Williams said: "The staff have been so touched by the parents' efforts to get the video together, there were lots of tears at the weekend.

"I think this has changed the way we will work together with our families in the future. They are so grateful for the way staff have helped get everyone though this difficult time."

 

Residents' parking permits

Residents with parking permits are to get an automatic three-month extension on their permits. Those who have emails linked to their permits have already been informed of the move, which is part of our response to supporting residents through the Coronavirus crisis.

Those residents who have a mobile phone linked to their account are being informed by text and those who are linked via a landline are being contacted by staff directly to inform them of the extension. 

 

Half-term prizes on offer

Our Enjoy team is staging an online half-term treasure hunt headed by their mascot Jo Joio. She's heading off on a virtual mission around Swansea's cultural venues and services to discover a mystery word by the end of the week and there'll be prizes on offer. To find out what's happening go to www.enjoyswanseabay.com for more information.

 

Blue badges

Blue badge holders are being reminded to check their badge is still valid and to get it renewed if it's within a month of expiring. While many blue badge-holders may be self-isolating or making only essential journeys, badges need to be kept up-to-date.

Online re-applications are being taken from the badge-holder or their representative here: www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

Re-applying now will help ensure there are no delays in processing re-applications when pandemic restrictions are relaxed.

Further information, including details of how to apply for the first time, can be found at www.swansea.gov.uk/bluebadge

 

 


Staff

Track, Trace and Protect

Track, Trace and Protect teams are preparing to start work in Swansea Bay to help minimise the spread of Coronavirus.

We're working with Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea Bay University Health Board to run the service.

For further information contact Mathew Fisher or Alison Summers in HR&OD.

Here's Laura to explain the importance of the role and the work involved: 

 

Video conferencing facilities update

With many staff now undertaking meetings remotely via video conferencing facilities, there is guidance on staffnet with regard to what facilities must be used to keep ourselves and council data secure: www.swansea.gov.uk/staffnet/videoconferencing

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