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Community support continues in latest Covid wave

Neighbours in Swansea are being asked to continue to look out for one another to ensure everyone is supported while cases of coronavirus remain high in the city.

View of Swansea

View of Swansea

The rates mean that some people will be isolating having tested positive while others who are vulnerable may have reduced social interaction.

Swansea Council's Local Area Coordinators are helping to coordinate the neighbour to neighbour support that proved so effective for many during the main lockdowns.

If you are willing to help to look out for a neighbour or are already part of a local support network, please contact your Local Area Coordinator by contacting the team at: www.swansea.gov.uk/localareacoordination

Swansea Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) has continued with its support to vulnerable people, with the team and volunteers supporting with access to food, prescriptions, hospital discharge, transport to vaccination centres and finding support from the wider voluntary and community sector.

Mark Child, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "Although cases are very high for many of us omicron has not disrupted our lives to the extent of earlier waves of the virus.

"But there are people who will be staying at home possibly because they need to isolate or concerned about such high volumes of cases.

"Since the pandemic began the council has expanded our team of Local Area Coordinators to cover the whole of Swansea and they are continuing to work in their communities.

"SCVS and its volunteers have been invaluable in assisting those who need their help.

"But we can all do our little bit, whether it is just checking in on a neighbour we've not seen for a day or two or phoning a friend if we are concerned they might be lonely or isolated.

"Residents in Swansea have shown amazing warmth and community spirit during the last two years and I'm sure that will continue long after the virus has stopped impacting on our lives."

 SCVS Director Amanda Carr said "We continue to see the wonderful people of Swansea, as well as the wider voluntary and community sector, stepping forward yet again.

"As a community, we can all make sure that help is there for those who need it - whether that's from a volunteer, an organisation, friend or neighbour. The challenge of the last 20 months hasn't dampened the compassion of people in the county, and we know that they continue to look out for their community, making sure that no one 'falls through the cracks'."