innogy logoFor many it is week three or even four in lockdown. SCVS is fully homeworking, and adjusting to the new normal and arising needs. And it seems businesses and individuals in Swansea are keen to help however they can.

SCVS’ key priorities at the moment are those arising as a result of the coronavirus. A dedicated web-page is now live for individuals needing support, organisations on the front line, or for those wanting to find out more about volunteering opportunities -

Gail Hanlin at SCVS said “We have seen so many new groups established to help the most vulnerable right now. It’s heart-warming to see how the community is pulling together, albeit at a safe distance, to get through this”

Since launching the webpage, SCVS has seen more than 1000 new volunteers register to help with this crisis. And it is not just individuals keen to support the cause. innogy, the renewable energy company that built and operate Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm, has donated £5,000 to SCVS to help with food distribution, which they have used to pay FareShare for Swansea based foodbanks to receive a weekly delivery of food items that they can use to supply community members, and for SCVS to have a stock of non-perishable items as an emergency backup for emergency requests.   

Matthews House, who received a donation via SCVS, said:

We wanted to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to you for your incredible donation of financial support to Matthew’s House. Your generous offer to pay for weekly deliveries of FareShare supplies for the next six months will make a world of difference to us. It is a huge encouragement to the team to receive such kind support, especially at this difficult time

Gail said, “Some food banks are struggling right now financial support needed as well as donations. It’s fantastic that innogy has made this money available and if other organisations or local businesses would like to do the same, please get in touch.”