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Council’s support for communities during Coronavirus

Posted on : 06 Apr 2020

Council’s support for communities during Coronavirus
The team responsible for regenerating communities in the Caerphilly county borough has been continuing to support those in need through the Coronavirus outbreak.
 
A temporary system has been put in place by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Community Regeneration Team to support local food bank provision.  The new system includes a central referral point and phone line managed by the team.  The team is also responsible for issuing food bank vouchers, coordinating donations and managing deliveries; to date the team has delivered 112 food parcels.
 
In addition, the Community Regeneration team is also continuing to deliver employment support including assisting companies recruit additional staff.  As the recruitment needs of local companies change in response to the Coronavirus, the team is adapting to challenges and presenting job opportunities to local people seeking employment.  The team is working to identify transferrable skills and support local people in applications for posts with essential services such as construction of the new hospital in Llanfrechfa, food production and retail.
 
Support for unemployed individuals is also being provided by the council’s Employment Mentors.  As well as helping to remove barriers to employment, such as clothing and travel, Mentors are also providing wellbeing support during these difficult times.
 
Cllr Sean Morgan, the council’s Deputy Leader, said “The current period of crisis presents challenges for us all, but we recognise that for some of our residents it will be particularly difficult.  The work of the Community Regeneration Team over the past two weeks demonstrates the council’s dedication to support residents during these unprecedented circumstances, as well as its ability to adapt and react its services to meet changing needs.
 
As well as supporting individuals, the team’s work is also having an impact on the wider community by helping to meet essential labour market demand during this difficult time.
 
I would also like to thank the county borough’s amazing food bank volunteers, colleagues at the council’s Housing Department for donating money to purchase food, as well as our Engineering and Fleet Management teams for use of their vehicles.”
 
Anyone in need of a food bank parcel, or those looking to refer someone else, can contact the team on 07825634157 / 07720948030 or by emailing communityregen@caerphilly.gov.uk Phone lines are open 8:30am – 2:30pm Monday to Friday; a voicemail is available for callers to leave their details outside of these times.


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