going forward
going forward

What is happening

Scams – phone, email and door

Many criminals are looking to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are a host of new scams circulating:

E-mail claiming to be HMRC – delete these HMRC will contact via post.

Bank loans – banks will not contact you via email or phone unsolicited.

Callers (Wales) has had a number of people targeting the vulnerable members of society offering to ‘help’ or provide PPE.

Some have asked for donations to ‘Charities’. Others to offer ‘tests’ for Coronavirus.

More information can be found here. https://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/advice/fraud-and-scams/

And here https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/swansea/news-events/recent-voucher-scam-in-the-swansea-area

If you are a relative or friend of a vulnerable person – please let them know these scams are taking place – ask them to phone you, if they are called or contacted. Help protect them. Reassure them you are able to help them.

Wyndham St Pantry – update

The Wyndham Street Pantry has been set up to help local residents to get great quality food at a brilliant price! We were already planning to start a  pantry at SRCDC this year  because we’ve seen first hand what a difference it has made in other parts of the city but we decided to speed up our opening to respond to the Covid-19 crisis.

    As a community anchor organisation we wanted to set up something that would make a real difference to people in our local community on a day to day basis. Before the crisis, the cost of living had never been higher, now we face a community where many of our most vulnerable are even more isolated, where family members may have suddenly lost some or most of the income and where people are having to provide additional food costs to fill the gaps of educational providers. 

We’ve set up the Wyndham Street Pantry because despite these struggles we think everyone should be able to access a wide selection of healthy, exciting food! 

  For people thinking about ordering from the Wyndham Street Pantry, we charge £2.50 per package and for that you get over £15 worth of shopping (3 full bags). We get our food from Fareshare Cymru who provide us with fresh fruit and Vegetables, tinned good, dried goods such as cereals, crisps and rice, dairy products, Meat, Vegetarian dishes and desserts.We don’t know exactly what we’ll get each week but we know it will be high quality, a great selection and you will be able to plan A LOT of meals form it. 

  In our first 2 weeks we have sent 73 deliveries out  to local residents and we are happy to say we have had great feedback, Ms E, a single Mum currently self-isolating said, “Little one and I received our first order and we’re overwhelmed! Incredible! thank you so so much, this is so incredibly useful to us!” Another Pantry customer reported back ” We are over the moon with the food, we will get so many meals out of this food, we really do appreciate it.”

 We would like to thank FoodCardiff, the Martin Lewis Fund, Cardiff Council as well as the Helping Working Families Fund from The National Lottery for helping us set the Pantry up and The local Probation Team, Oasis, Women Connect First and Horn Development Association and ACE for providing staff to help us run so smoothly! A great community effort to help people struggling to access food for themselves or their family. 

If you are think a pantry delivery would be of help at the moment or you know someone in Riverside, Grangetown or Canton who you think could benefit  just text your name and address to 07399810653. We will confirm your delivery slot on Monday and we make our deliveries on a Wednesday. If you would like to get involved in any other way you can also contact us on the same number.

Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff

Free online workshops (for adults)

  • Pollinator identification
  • Seasonal gardening tasks for wildlife
  • Creating, maintaining and enhancing habitat for pollinators.

More info in English: https://community.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/posts/urban-buzz-workshops

More info in Welsh: https://community.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/posts/gweithdai-urban-buzz

Free activities for children, families and schools

Over the past few weeks we’ve also been developing a number of online resources for children, families and schools:

  • Habitat Explorer competition for children and families – link here
  • Uploading lots of educational resources onto HWB – link here
  • ‘Garden Ecosystem Expedition’ video lesson on Youtube – link here
  • Sharing fun resources for families on our Facebook group – link here
Jazz Austin 
Rheolwr Project, Rhoi cartref i fyd natur yng Nghaerdydd | Project Manager, Giving Nature a Home in Cardiff 

Pencadlys RSPB Cymru Castlebridge 3, 5 – 19 Heol Ddwyreiniol y Bontfaen, Caerdydd, CF11 9AB 
RSPB Cymru Wales Headquarters Castlebridge 3, 5-19 Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF11 9AB 

Ffôn/Tel 02920 353318 

Virtual FAN

Although COVID has interrupted the FAN groups both here and in wider Cardiff FAN is restarting some groups using digital tech.

Any one with access to the internet can take part – whether you just want to chat or improve your English – or reduce isolation – this could be for you.

A list of Virtual FAN meetings is here(click).

In addition to our virtual FAN groups friendly informal support continues to be given by Facilitators and staff by phone, text and email.

We anticipate that when the emergency is over many virtual FAN groups will continue and will enable far more people take part in FAN, both at home and away.

If you have any questions or are unsure how to link into a virtual FAN group, please do get in touch(click here) and please do encourage anyone who may be feeling isolated or lonely to join a virtual FAN group.

If you are Facebook more info here –
https://www.facebook.com/THEFANCHARITY/ .

Dozens respond to Grangetown coronavirus support appeal


For those needing assistance, see the map on above link and then the coordinators can be contacted as follows:

  • Area A – North East Grangetown (Taffs Mead) – Dafydd Trystan Davies, 07966 705890
  • Area B – North West Grangetown (Saltmead/N Grange)– Corrin Hanlin, 07770 722254
  • Area C – Central Grangetown (west of Corporation Road) – Sian Jones, 07765 955836
  • Area D – Taff Embankment (east of Corporation Road) – Yvonne Connolly, 07969 766423
  • Area E – South Grangetown (Avondale Rd and Channel View/Windsor Quay area) – Lizzie Swaffield, 07813 892482
  • Area F – City Gardens – Nia Evans, 07970 355848

Leaflets are also being delivered to people and will be put in local shops and businesses.