Community transport teams are helping those in need during the Covid-19 crisis.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, three not-for-profit Community Transport organisations are going out of their way to help isolated and vulnerable people across mid and south Wales.
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Upper Amman Valley Community Transport
Upper Amman Valley Community Transport, based in Tairgwaith, South Wales are providing vital services for isolated and vulnerable people in the Amman Valley, despite the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The scheme’s community car is being utilised for medical journeys supporting vulnerable and elderly people who still need to have weekly blood tests and warfarin injections, as well as, other medical journeys on a case by case basis, such as picking up and delivering prescriptions.
In addition to medical journeys, Upper Amman Valley Community transport are also delivering vital food supplies such as undertaking food box deliveries to the local food bank and delivering school lunches for those children who would usually receive free school lunches at school.
Upper Amman Valley Community Transport working with Canolfan Maerdy community resource centre to provide shopping and medications to the community:
The Food Hub staff and volunteer Team. Getting ready for what was a very busy Friday. Over 30 boxes collected and more…
Upper Amman Valley Community Transport are also running a twice weekly community shopping service, where people phone or email through to the office with a list of items they need and then staff and volunteers go on their behalf to purchase them and deliver to their doorstep.
In addition, As a result of local bus services ceasing because of the Coronavirus outbreak, there is a strong likelihood that Upper Amman Valley Community Transport will also start to provide community car shopping journeys for people in the community who are not elderly, vulnerable or isolated, but do not have access to their own private transport to get out and purchase essential supplies.
Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport
If the community need the support of Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport for anything, no matter how ridiculous or extreme a request may seem, they will do everything they can to help.
Llanwrtyd Wells Community transport based in Powys are once again going the extra mile to support isolated and vulnerable people in rural mid-Wales, this time during the Coronavirus outbreak. Dave Brown, Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport’s Managing Director has made contact with local businesses who are happy for people to get in touch and order groceries, request prescriptions or other medication, request takeaway food and other essential activities.
Many of Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport members and service users are rurally isolated, do not have access to private transport and unfortunately, Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport’s regular Shoppa service has been suspended due to Covid-19, which is the usual way members get their groceries, medical and other supplies.
While some businesses will be able to deliver supplies, some will not be able to and that is where Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport volunteers come in. Drivers have volunteered to shop, collect and deliver pre-ordered groceries and prescriptions and can even take much loved pets to the vets for people.
By undertaking vital home delivery services, Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport are ensuring its members are exposed to less risk, and can still gain access to essential food, medication and other supplies.
Currently, Llanwrtyd Wells Community Transport are not experiencing vastly increased demand for shopping, prescriptions and other services. This is because many other community volunteers are stepping up to help their neighbours and other isolated people with these tasks. They have also been able to help with delivery of animal feedstuffs to smallholdings, with supplies to builders and other journeys for sole traders such as craftsmen and self- employed workers who have had to go into self-isolation.
D.A.N.S.A. Community Transport
D.A.N.S.A. Community transport based in Crynant, Neath Port Talbot going the extra mile to support isolated and vulnerable people in rural areas of the Neath Port Talbot County Borough and Coelbren, South Powys, during the COVID 19 outbreak. The Team at DANSA have set up a food delivery service for vulnerable people in the community, the meals are freshly cooked at their community hub/café and delivered to the door by the wonderful team of dedicated drivers. Food is ordered by phone the day before required, and the fleet of community transport vehicles are dispatched daily to ensure isolated and vulnerable residents are able to access a hot meal.
D.A.N.S.A. delivering food parcels to senior residents:
£30 food parcels for our Senior Residents Tel:01639 751067
In addition to this, the Team at DANSA have put together a pack of essential items for those who are now unable to access shopping as all regular shopper services have ceased. The supplies need to be pre-ordered, are packed on-site and delivered to those in need of supplies.
Many members and service users are isolated, do not have access to private transport and unfortunately due to the suspension of services are unable to collect groceries, medical and other supplies. By undertaking vital home delivery services, DANSA Community Transport are ensuring its members are exposed to less risk, and can still gain access to essential items.
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