Apps and hubs are popping up to support us whilst we spend more time at home.
Supporting local shops and getting supplies in isolation...
Small businesses across our region are going above and beyond to find new ways to operate under incredibly challenging conditions.
For those of you unable to get out to your favourite shops - a new app’s been developed to help you get your essentials from Swansea city centre shops.
Just head to https://shopappy.com/– businesses in the Swansea BID area only should sign up to be part of this enabling customers to still be able to buy direct from them.
Any firms wishing to take part should get in contact with Swansea BID.
Schools out... and it’s time to face the home-schooling challenge...
A new one for many of us parent, and while most school pupils have an unprecedented access to communicating online with teachers and follow learning schedules, home schooling and working is going to undoubtedly be a challenge for most parents, especially as they are probably still working themselves.
If you have children and are looking for help and support whilst they are out of school, a new information hub for families has just been launched by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland.
It has useful tips and advice regarding the Coronavirus and deals with advice on new psychological challenges facing children and their parents
Click link here https://www.childcomwales.org.uk/coronavirus/ or check out VIDEO from Children’s Commissioner Sally Holland.
We've made a new information hub for families and children, with useful tips and advice regarding the Coronavirus.— Sally Holland (@childcomwales) March 19, 2020
We'll be updating this for as long as the situation goes on, so please get in touch to tell us what you think we should add.
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For vulnerable children schools in Neath Port Talbot will re-open on Monday. Swansea Councl is still looking at how to accommodate them.
Social Media Support...
It often gets a bad press, but community-based support groups are springing up all over social media in our area as forums where local people can offer help and support to more vulnerable neighbours.
Communities are also pulling together creating networks to help support those unable to go out.
Among them are Gower Isolation Support Group Vernon Place Community Hub in Briton Ferry and Phoenix Centre's COVID-19 Help Hub for Mayhill and Townhill on their Facebook pages.
For those who are now finding themselves working from home - it will be initially quite a challenge.
Entrepreneur Tanya Lynch a social media influencer and event organiser for business pop-up events has decided to create vlogs to help us cope. She has worked off her laptop in her cottage for years.
The mum of two lost her job this week because she is self-employed and contracts dried up due to Coronavirus. She has now decided to use this time to help those in her community and try and get work doing odd jobs to cover her bills. Online she is using her platform to connect with people going through a tough time right now. Watch her video here:
Community food schemes...
If you are a community group providing food for those that are self-isolating Fare Share Cymru wants to hear from you.
It re-purposes food from the UK's biggest supermarkets - ensuring surplus stock does not go to waste.
Keeping the elderly in mind...
Age Cymru West Glamorgan has launched a FREE telephone service to help people get urgent supplies, access services or simply chat - call 01792 648886.
Read on and help beat boredom...
Some Councils may have been forced into closing libraries to protect the public during the out break. But we've been contacted by the Welsh Libraries digital team who want to share the service - which could be key both to home schooling and preventing boredom.
It's free and easy to sign up and people will have access to thousands of books, comics, magazines and audio books.
If you're on Twitter look for @WelshLibraries 📞