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Coronavirus 16 June 2020 - 3.00pm

This is today's round-up of the latest Coronavirus news on Tuesday 16 June 2020.

#StayHomeSaveLives  #HereForSwansea

Support for adults with learning disabilities

We've been supporting dozens of adults with learning disabilities through the coronavirus pandemic. When lockdown began day centres that provided service users with social interaction, activities and projects had to temporarily close and will not reopen until it is safe to do so.

But staff have been working in a different way through the Flexible Support Service to keep in touch with users and support them to live independently in their own homes.

FSS is currently supporting more than 40 service users in their homes and a further 20 plus over the phone with wellbeing calls.

 

Pontarddulais Foodbank

Along with a dedicated band of volunteers we're helping around 600 families in Pontarddulais with vital food parcels through the local foodbank based at Canolfan y Bont.

The volunteers are part of the established Pontarddulais Partnership, which has been in full flow since the coronavirus restrictions were implemented in March.

Swansea Council has been assisting the partnership by helping to deliver the food parcels to local families who are in need.

To find out more about our city's foodbanks go to this link: www.swansea.gov.uk/foodbanks

 

Cultural response to lockdown generates global interest

The innovative way in which we've adapted the city's cultural life for lockdown is being discussed around the world.

With cultural venues temporarily closed, council staff have created inventive educational and entertaining new content such as podcasts, an online gallery programme and online heritage talks to keep its diverse communities engaged with culture.

The city's successes - with others from 50 countries - were discussed in an online event that shared learning experiences. It was arranged by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), a global network of cities and governments.

The new collective knowledge is now being developed for presentation at a UCLG international seminar in September.

 

Small businesses urged to act fast on grant bids

More than 3,750 small businesses in Swansea have claimed over £47m in grants from the Welsh Government via our business team since the start of April. If you think you're eligible and have not yet made an application, you've got till the end of the month to make a claim.

Your application could start here at: www.swansea.gov.uk/covid19adviceforbusinesses.

Welsh Government advice can be found here: businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice

 

Admiral Swansea Bay 10k postponed to 2021

If you've already signed-up for the Admiral Swansea 10k this year, you don't have to book again for next year. Now the decision's been taken to postpone this year's event to September, 2021, you've automatically been guaranteed a spot next time. See you there. More information here: www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseabay10k

 

Don't get caught by loan sharks

We're pushing back against loan sharks with support from the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit. If you're struggling to make ends meet, don't go to a loan shark go to this web page for advice: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/furtherAdviceandSupport

If you've got problems with a loan shark, then contact the Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit. They operate a 24-hour confidential hotline that has remained open throughout the crisis and people can access advice and support for themselves or a relative or friend on 0300 123 33 11.

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