Through each of our Community & Family Hubs in Penygraig, Penyrenglyn, Rhydyfelin & Dinas we are reach out to 3,000 people every week.
During the lockdowns we maintainied our weekly contact with isolated families and older people who would normally come to our support groups, but are stuck in their home and often lonely and frightened.
We made 4,908 Wellbeing calls, provided 588 Adult Care Packs and made 201 shopping trips, which helped isolated adults to feel that they mattered and someone cared.
“Taking part in weekly video chats and the one to one phone calls really helps me with my mental health and I do not feel so isolated”
Isolated older person
We are also in touch with anyone in the community who is in need. Sometimes they need transport and some need food as they are unable to leave their house. Even if they don’t need immediate support, they are all really thankful for the contact.
Rhondda Cynon Taf is an extraordinary place where people still care about their neighbours and their community and there have been many many offers to help and a hoard of volunteers are helping us deliver food and play materials to families and individuals. This reaction has proved to be a timely and valuable reminder of the strength of this community, particularly during times of crisis.
Having a sense of community unites us. Being a part of a community can make us feel as though we are a part of something greater than ourselves. It can give us opportunities to connect with people, to reach goals that would otherwise seem impossible and makes us feel safe and secure. All these are needed more than ever at this time.
We are fortunate in Rhondda Cynon Taf that the Local Authority and the Voluntary Organisations are working closely with local communities to coordinate the local community response. And Trust and Government grants are helping to sustain support.