Vale Health Social Care & Wellbeing ebulletin 20.8.2020

Vale of Glamorgan news
During the COVID-19 crisis all GVS staff have been working remotely. We are now planning a gradual reopening of our offices in Barry from the 1st September 2020. We will not be able to accommodate “walk in” visitors. If you wish to speak or meet with a specific member of staff from 1st September, please telephone 01446 741706 or e-mail [email protected] in the first instance so that the necessary arrangements can be made. Read more
The GVS Annual General Meeting will be held online via ZOOM on Wednesday, 4th November 2020 10.00am to 11.00am. Read more
Buses have been fitted with protective screens and new working practices brought into force which allow us to operate the buses for small groups and individuals who may be interested in using the buses for social outings, meals out, shopping trips or appointments. Read more
We are also installing audio-visual equipment, including a 70inch screen and a camera and sound bar which can allow the room to be used for presentations and even a mini-cinema. The room is also designed to cater for meetings including video-link for attendees, and trainers who wish to record or live stream classes. Read more
Aidan Thomson, has been a swimmer for Barry Beavers Disabled Swimming Club for several years now, he has progressed to be a valued gala swimmer, and has also represented Wales in a national gala in 2018 held in Kent. Read more

Voluntary Sector news

Directory of Third Sector Services

This briefing provides information about third sector front line services, and helplines, which can support people during the Covid-19 crisis. It also includes information about other services and community hubs.  Please note that this briefing is for health, social care and third sector staff. Read more
Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) has updated the Directory of Services for Older People in Cardiff and Vale. This provides a wide range of information about services provided by voluntary and community groups which support older people. It’s separated into sections such as Befriending, Advocacy, Social Activities, Welfare Advice, Lunch Clubs, Veteran Support and much more. Read more
CAV 24/7 is the new approach for patients accessing urgent care. This new system means that patients would have to Phone first the CAV 24/7 line to be given an appointment to attend the Emergency Department, based at the University Hospital for Wales. Read more
We are putting together a new mailing list that will focus on providing more in-depth information regarding potential funding opportunities in The Vale. Read more
The Marie Curie Cardiff and the Vale Bereavement Support Service is here for you if you have been bereaved and need emotional support or someone to talk to. Read more
WAMES provide vital support and information services for those in Wales with ME as well as their families and carers. Read more
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Individuals from the Ministry of Defence’s 1st Battalion The Rifles and Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Support Battalion have been recognised for their work managing testing units in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Mobile Testing Units (MTU’s) were deployed throughout the UK in response to COVID-19 under Operation Rescript. Read more
People in Wales can be treated closer to home for treatment that can minimise the risk of oesophageal cancer, thanks to the introduction of the South Wales Barrett’s Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Service.  Read more
Health & Wellbeing
Public Health Wales’ laboratory service is to undergo a major transformation which will significantly increase its COVID-19 testing capacity, speed up testing turnaround times and allow regional labs to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more
Improvement Cymru for Public Health Wales is offering everyone in Wales over the age of 16 free access to an online self-help video course designed to help them understand their feelings, and enable them to take greater control of their actions so that day-to-day life can become less distressing and more enjoyable. Read more
Staying at home and being less active may lead to a loss of strength and balance and an increased risk of having a fall. Did you know that there are things that you can do at home to reduce your risk of falling? Read more
News from the BBC
Six new “hot labs” with rapid testing equipment will be created in hospitals as part of a drive to improve coronavirus test processing times. Read more
The UK government is imposing stricter regulations on the sale of laxatives, to help prevent their misuse. Read more
Parents are being urged to make sure their children are up-to-date with all their routine vaccinations. The Local Government Association said high vaccine uptake could prevent infections and stop pressure being piled on the NHS. Read more
The public’s appetite for working from home and local lockdowns if a Covid-19 vaccine cannot be found appears to be growing, research suggests. Read more
Twice as many adults in Britain are reporting symptoms of depression now compared with this time last year, Office for National Statistics figures suggest. Read more
The loss of smell that can accompany coronavirus is unique and different from that experienced by someone with a bad cold or flu, say European researchers who have studied the experiences of patients. Read more
GVS, with thanks to funding from Comic Relief, is administering a small grants scheme to help voluntary groups in the Vale of Glamorgan. Small grants are available up to a maximum of £500. Read more
Barry Town Council has committed £150,000 to a Covid-19 Recovery Fund to support a more Resilient Barry. At a meeting of Full Council held on 29 July 2020, Councillors unanimously agreed to repurpose a number of existing budget headings and use money from reserves to launch the fund directed at independent traders, local businesses and community groups based in Barry. Read more
Training & events
Wednesday 16th September 2020, 9.30am to 12 noon. £40 per person. This two and a half hour online course is ideal for delegates, presenters and meeting organisers who want to learn how to make the best use of Zoom’s many features. Read more

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