I hope that you are safe and well and that your family, friends and loved ones are safe and well also.
Needless to say this emergency is unprecedented and a completely new situation for everyone.
The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats will be trying to provide support and information as best we can in the weeks and months to come.
You can contact me with any issues or concerns by email at: Kirsty.Williams@senedd.wales
The full Welsh Government guidance on lockdown rules starting at 18:00 on Friday 23rd October can be found here: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions
Below is a list of organisations, groups and representatives, providing advice or assistance. We hope that you find this useful.
NHS 111 Wales:
COVID-19 Symptom Checker and information about self-isolating.
Download the NHS COVID-19 app from the Google Play store:
Download NHS COVID-19 app from the Apple AppStore:
Public Health Wales:
Public Health Wales has daily official updates on coronavirus.
Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support has a helpline for cancer patients including financial and benefits advice and emotional support. Call 0808 8080000 (available daily from 08:00-20:00).
Macmillan Cancer Support is also planning to re-launch their 'Macmillan Telephone Buddies' befriending scheme. Follow this link to volunteer or to sign-up for support: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/telephone-buddies
Wales Cancer Alliance:
Macmillan Cancer Support is a member of the Wales Cancer Alliance. The above link includes a full list of member organisations providing advice and support on cancer and coronavirus.
Kidney Wales Foundation:
Kidney Wales Foundation has an information helpline for people with exisiting kidney conditions. Call 029 2034 3940.
Cystic Fibrosis Trust:
Information and advice for people with Cystic Fibrosis available at: https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/news/coronavirus-qa
Terrence Higgins Trust:
Terrence Higgins Trust has a helpline with support, advice and information for people with HIV/AIDS on 0808 802 1221.
Brecon Mind has a mental health well-being and support team who are available by phone. Their contact numbers can be found here: http://breconmind.org.uk/service-announcement/
For MIND in Ystradgynlais and in the Valleys: https://minditv.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR3p1W54TsCug6fnaLwACF2wZgZgmJzTdvAmnfnY25-gOjB6hKZ0gsbG9BI
For MIND in North and Mid Powys: https://mnpmind.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR03hGAJk8rhzoNSX2vCYlICSRh5PIpYQElXjWbjOUCDUH9444YxXWuCNC0
Action on Hearing Loss:
Action on Hearing Loss has communication support services, including access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters that is continuing to run as normal. Call 0845 685 8000; text 0845 685 8001; email email@example.com
The RNIB is operating a helpline with guidance on accessing coronavirus information or services for the blind or partially sighted. Call 0303 123 9999 (08:00-20:00 Monday-Friday).
Hope provides age-appropriate online support including counselling and befriending services for children and young people who have a parent or loved one with a serious illness.
Phone: 01989 566317
Care & Repair Powys:
Care & Repair Cymru support help older people to live safely and independently in their homes. In some circumstances, they can also help with hospital discharges.
Their Powys helpline is open Monday-Friday, 09:00-16:30. Call: 01686 620760
Marie Curie provide hospice care and support for those who are dying or facing bereavement.
For general enquiries: 0800 716 146
For the support line: 0800 090 2309
The Business Wales website has information about financial grants and support, including the Economic Resilience Fund, the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, and Childcare Providers Grant.
They can also be contacted by phone: 03000 6 03000
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs:
HMRC has a dedicated helpline businesses concerned about being unable to tax due to COVID-19. Call 0800 0159 559.
ACAS provides workplace advice for employers and employees. The webpage linked above is being updated daily and they are also providing a helpline. Call 0300 123 1100.
Work and Welfare Advice
Citizens Advice can help with a wide range of employment and benefits issues. Call their AdviceLine on 03444 77 2020.
Turn2Us is a national welfare, pensions and benefits advice service. It has an online tool to find advisors in local areas and dedicated information about Coronavirus.
A comprehensive list of UK Trade Unions and links to their websites can be found here:
Hwb is the Welsh Government's national digital learning platform, widely used by schools, pupils, teachers and other education professionals. It has free educational tools and resources based on the Curriculum.
Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations are coordinating a range of voluntary assistance activities to support the most vulnerable members of our communities.
To contact their Community Sector Emergency Response Team who are assisting with food supplies for high-risk individuals, call: 01597 828649
Are you able to volunteer as a telephone befriender? If so, please call PAVO on: 01597 822191 or register at: www.bit.ly/2QWmQoM
ONE Brecon are working hard to support the Brecon community during the COVID-19 pandemic, with prescription deliveries, essential supplies, home-cooked meals, wellbeing calls, shopping and support for key workers. Contact them on: 07498 833883
Welsh Woman's Aid/LiveFearFree Helpline
If you have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence and/or violence against women, or are worried about a friend or relative who is experiencing any form of violence or abuse, you can call the LiveFearFree Helpline – it’s free, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Support available in English and Welsh.
Phone: 0808 8010 800
Type Talk for Text Phone users: 1800108088010800
You can contact the Live Fear Free Helpline by text 24/7 on 078600 77 333
Knighton Food Bank:
Knighton Food Bank is facing increased demand and appealing for more donations of non-perishable food items. Donation points are at the Cooperative and Costcutters in Knighton and Spar in Presteigne. You can contact the food bank at: 07731 524058 or visit their website at: www.knightonfoodbank.co.uk
Llandrindod Wells Food Bank:
Ystradgynlais Food Bank:
Ystradgynlais Food Bank is a new food bank and mobile outreach service for Ystradgynlais, Abercraf, Coelbren, Ynyswen and Lower Cwmtwrch. To find out more, phone: 07534 454424
Brecon Food Bank:
St Michael's Catholic Church, Brecon:
The Parish of Cwmtawe Uchaf:
The churches of St Cynog’s Ystradgynlais, St David’s Ystalyfera, St David’s Abercraf (now closed), St John the Baptist Callwen and Capel Coelbren, make up the Ministry Area of Tawe Uchaf. The Area Leader is the Revd Canon Dewi Roberts. Phone: 07729 907592
United Reformed Church:
The United Reformed Church is compiling a list of churches that will be live streaming Sunday Worship this weekend.
Local Facebook Groups
There are a number of local Facebook Groups for being seeking help or volunteering to help others in their community.
Rhayader Covid-19 Support Network:
Hay and Talgarth Community Covid-19 Support:
Llandrindod/Builth and District Community Covid 19 Support:
Coronavirus Brecon and Surrounding Areas Support Group:
Ystradgynlais, Abercrave, Cwmtwrch, Coelbren Debate, Discuss and Inform:
Bwlch Coronavirus Support Group:
Cwmdu has a Whatsapp support group. Contact Cllr Kathryn Silk for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crickhowell and Llangattock
Crickhowell Volunteer Bureau (with Welsh Lib Dem Cllrs John Morris and Jackie Charlton) are coordinating all volunteer activities in Crickhowell and Llangattock. Call 01873 812177 or email email@example.com
Powys Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group
Contact details for all the County Councillors in the Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group are below:
Cllr William Powell (Talgarth) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Kathryn Silk (Bwlch) - email@example.com
Cllr John Morris (Crickhowell) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Roger Williams (Felinfach) - email@example.com
Cllr James Gibson-Watt (Glasbury) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Gareth Ratcliffe (Hay) - email@example.com
Cllr Jake Berriman (Llandrindod North) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Pete Roberts (Llandrindod South) - email@example.com
Cllr Maureen Mackenzie (Llanelwedd) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Jackie Charlton (Llangattock) - email@example.com
Cllr Kelvyn Curry (Rhayader) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Emily Durrant (Llangorse) - Cllr.email@example.com
Cllr David Selby (Newtown Central) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Francesca Jump (Welshpool) - email@example.com
Cllr Gareth Morgan (Llanidloes) - firstname.lastname@example.org
A full list of Powys County Councillors can be found here: https://powys.moderngov.co.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
Please remember to practise social distancing, wear a mask, wash your hands with warm soap and water regularly and follow the latest UK and Welsh Government and NHS advice on self-isolating.
We will come through this if we work together in solidarity and hope.