Covid-19

Offices closed to visitors

Zoom Meeting Screen

Whilst our offices are closed to the public, we are still working hard and are contactable by video, email and phone.

We are also operating a ‘Stay healthy at Home’ out of hours service during evenings from 5 – 8pm and weekends 9am – 8pm for people who are genuinely isolated. This service helps connect people to community resources and groups who can provide assistance. Please call: 07851 248576.


Current restrictions

Welsh Government last reviewed Covid restrictions on 18 June when they paused the full move into alert level one for four weeks. This delay will help to reduce the peak number of daily hospitalisations by up to half and provide time for more people to receive their second dose of vaccine.

On 25 June, they carried out the formal three week review of the regulations. Welsh Government have carefully considered the data and evidence and confirm that the restrictions in place should be maintained until at least the next regulatory review which will take place by 15 July.

You must:

  • wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places;
  • only form an extended household with no more than 2 other households and they should stay the same;
  • not meet with anyone other than your extended household indoors in your home;
  • not meet with more than five other people in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless you are meeting with only people you live);
  • meet no more than 29 other people outdoors including in private gardens, public spaces and outdoor areas of regulated premises such as cafes, restaurants and pubs.

You should:

  • follow social distancing rules with people you do not live with or who are not in your exclusive extended household;
  • work from home if you can;
  • minimise travel to areas of high prevalence.

You can find out more information here.


Autumn covid booster campaign begins in September 2021

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination – JCVI announcement on Phase 3
Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services, 30 June 2021:

“Following weeks of discussion and consideration of evidence, the interim advice recommends the autumn booster campaign begins in September 2021, its purpose being to reduce any further incidence of COVID-19 and maximise protection in those who are most vulnerable to serious infection, ahead of the winter months…” Find out more here


Be alert to vaccine fraud!

Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy. Read more here.

  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up;
  • If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk
  • Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge;
  • If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you shouldreport this directly to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline online at covidfraudhotline.org or call 0800 587 5030.


Information and support if you need to self-isolate

It can be challenging to stay at home and self-isolate but it means you’re helping to stop Coronavirus spreading to other people and keeping Wales safe.

Remember if you need support with your mental health, practical or financial support during this time, there is help available for you. Self-isolation means not leaving the house at all – not even to go to work, get shopping or medication or to visit anyone else’s house. Find out more information to help you here.


Covid-19 testing facilities in Bridgend County Borough

A long-term walk through testing facility is now open at the Bowls Hall car park of Bridgend Life Centre
The site is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. You will need to book an appointment in advance by visiting the Welsh Government website or by calling 119.

Find out where the temporary testing facilities are located in Bridgend County here

Free covid-19 twice-weekly rapid testing for people who can’t work from home

Free twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 self-testing kits are available for people without symptoms who can’t work from home and their households. You’ll be able to pick up a rapid testing kit from the Bowls Hall car park of the Bridgend Life Centre between 8am and 1pm, seven days a week. You must take the test yourself at home to ensure you’re not unknowingly spreading coronavirus. No appointment is needed. Find out more here

You can now book a coronavirus test if you’re feeling unwell, even if you don’t have any of the three main covid-19 symptoms

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has made the change as restrictions ease so that any cases of Covid-19 can be detected as soon as possible. You can find out more here

Free rapid at home tests are now available to collect at pharmacies for those who are eligible

One in three people with coronavirus have no symptoms, getting tested helps to #KeepWalesSafe.
Collect yours today. Find out more here…


NHS COVID-19 app an important way to help keep Wales safe

Don’t forget to download and use the app because the more people do so the more it will help reduce and manage the spread of COVID. You can find out how to download the app here.


Guidance for reopening community centres..

WCVA  guidance for community centres reopening in Wales (updated 8 June 2021)

This guidance is for community centres based in Wales to provide you with a brief overview of how to prepare for restarting your services. At the time of writing this revised guidance Wales is gradually
transitioning through alert levels. See the Coronavirus Control Plan published by Welsh Government for information on the various alert levels.

You can download WCVA’s guidance for community centres reopening in Wales here

WCVA has released sample Terms and Conditions for community centre managers in Wales to use when hiring out community centres.

Community centres are able to open and this latest guidance is intended to outline changes to the regulations and provide you with practical ways to open your community centre.

Welsh Government guidance on the reopening and safe use of multi-purpose community centres (updated 10 May 2021)

This guidance is for those managing community centres, village halls, church halls and other community centres, on safely re-opening multi-purpose buildings. However, it will also be relevant to those hiring or using a community centre.  You can download the guidance here


Keep up to date with Covid-19 news

Where to find the latest information:

You can also find out more information about the latest developments, the virus and symptoms here: 


Update your Safeguarding policy for Covid-19

WCVA have produced a handy checklist to help you to keep your policy effective and up to date.

You can access it here.


The outbreak COVID-19 may be stressful for people

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress and looking after your mental health will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. 

Take a look at our Mental health and wellbeing page here

 
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