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1st April 2020
Mother's Community Request To Make Son's Isolation Birthday Special

A mother from Barry has taken to social media to request birthday greetings from the community for her son Kealan, who will be celebrating his sixth birthday in isolation on Sunday, as the country goes into its second week of effective lockdown. Barry Mum, Ellie, and her family have been in isolation for around 2 […]

31st March 2020
Glamorgan Gem Newspaper Suspended Temporarily

The Glamorgan Gem has temporarily suspended the production of print newspapers due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The Gem, owned by the Tindle Newspaper group, announced the news via an online post responding to the ongoing pandemic. Staff at the paper have taken voluntary furlough under the government's Coronavirus job retention scheme, meaning they will […]

31st March 2020
Key worker childcare provisions changed to hub-based system

Childcare provision for the Vale of Glamorgan's key workers doing essential work through the COVID-19 outbreak has changed to a hub-based system. 14 hubs will be available across the Vale of Glamorgan. Whilst the number of sites offering the provision has reduced, the hub model is based on local school clusters working together to deliver the […]

31st March 2020
Ty Dewi Sant Residents Celebrates her 90th Birthday

A resident at Ty Dewi Sant care home, has celebrated her 90th Birthday. Ty Dewi Sant, based in Penarth cares for 33 service users and is run by the Vale of Glamorgan Council, but is currently closed to family members, ensuring the safety of patients and visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic. Staff at Ty Dewi […]

31st March 2020
Councils given emergency powers to support NHS with new field hospitals

Councils are being given new powers to support the NHS and increase hospital capacity as Wales responds to the coronavirus pandemic. Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James has introduced emergency permitted development rights, which will allow local authorities to change the use of buildings or erect temporary structures on their land without planning permission. […]

31st March 2020
Public Health Wales says Smokers more at risk from Covid-19

Smokers should quit now, as emerging evidence suggests they are "more at risk" from Covid-19, Public Health Wales (PHW) has said. The NHS body told each of Wales' 440,000 smokers that quitting now "could save your life". Research into previous coronaviruses show that smoking makes the impact of the virus worse.  From the moment you […]

30th March 2020
Prince Charles Writes Touching Letter To Ty Hafan

Children's charity Ty Hafan have shared a letter from their patron HRH Prince Charles on their social media accounts. In his letter, the Prince of Wales shares his sympathy for the predicament the charity faces in light of the Coronavirus crisis. The royal missive says: "As we all face an unprecedented period of difficulty, disruption […]

30th March 2020
Vale Teachers playing important part in response to Coronavirus

Teachers around the Vale continue to attend school to care for vulnerable children and those of key workers, ensuring parents that perform vital roles can help respond to Coronavirus. Such key workers include health and social care professionals, the emergency services and others that have a crucial part to play in keeping the Country moving. […]

30th March 2020
Support needed to keep Marie Curie Nurses on the frontline in Wales, through the Coronavirus crisis

Across the UK, Marie Curie is gearing up to care for hundreds of additional dying patients requiring end of life care, in order to relieve the unprecedented pressure on the NHS during the Coronavirus crisis. With the number of cases rapidly increasing in Wales, local Marie Curie Nursing teams are working harder than ever. Given the choice, people overwhelmingly say they would prefer to die in their own […]

29th March 2020
Rhoose Local Business Owner 3D Printing Face Masks

Dave Williams of Inkdogz, a company specialising in printing and embroidery, has begun manufacturing face masks for the local community using his 3D printer. The businessman has stated that he is doing this for the local community of Rhoose and has set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the project. In a statement on […]

28th March 2020
Royal Mint To Start Making Medical Visors

The Royal Mint have begun manufacturing medical visors to assist the NHS response to the Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement thanking the Mint for their contribution to the efforts, Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board explained: "The team found a rudimentary design for a medical visor online, and began developing high specification prototypes – turning […]

27th March 2020
Health Board secure Principality Stadium as Field Hospital in plans for tackling Covid-19

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has this evening announced they have secured the Principality Stadium, for use as a field hospital in plans for tackling Covid-19. The Principality Stadium will be turned into a 2,000-bed hospital to help deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The Welsh Rugby Union had made the stadium available for use […]

27th March 2020
Gavin & Stacey Star Records Morale Boosting Virus Message For Barry

One of the stars of BBC'S Gavin & Stacey has recorded a message for the Barrybados shop, directed to the people of Barry. Rob Wilfort, who depicts Jason in the smash hit Barry based sitcom, advises the people of Barry to keep morale high during this difficult time and shares love from the whole cast […]

27th March 2020
Help for Heroes flags on-going support

As the country comes to terms with the implications of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new measures to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes has reassured wounded, injured and sick military personnel and Veterans, that it's adapting its support and service delivery for those who need it. In Wales and Hereford, the […]

27th March 2020
New legislation to slow the spread of Coronavirus

South Wales Police has been given new powers to enforce Government restrictions on travel and public gatherings. But the force’s main message to the public remains that they must comply with the restrictions announced by the Prime Minister based on the severity of the Coronavirus outbreak. To ensure people stay at home and avoid non-essential […]

27th March 2020
Residents Across The Vale Join Clap For Carers

In a heartwarming display of gratitude and respect, residents across the country and the Vale joined forces to applaud those keeping us safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. The event, largely organised across social media, was designed for people to show their appreciation for those taking the risks to look after those affected by Covid-19, the […]

26th March 2020
Vale of Glamorgan care home residents are being treated like “collateral damage”

A social care leader has warned that more elderly and vulnerable care home residents in Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan will die because they are being treated like “collateral damage” in the war against the coronavirus. Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales which represents nearly 500 independent social care providers, is […]

26th March 2020
2020 Vale of Glamorgan Classic Car Show cancelled

Dinas Poyws Rotary Club have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Vale of Glamorgan Classic Car Show. The event, which has been running for seven years, has raised £50,000 for good causes in the Vale and across South Wales. Despite the cancellation, organised have vowed that the Classic Car Show will return in 2021. […]

26th March 2020
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Welcome New Starters

Only three short days after calling for temporary staff to assist the NHS in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, UHW and UHL welcomed new starters to the housekeeping team. As previously reported by Bro Radio, the health board launched a recruitment campaign on Monday for paid temporary roles during this Coronavirus crisis. The positions with […]

26th March 2020
Visiting suspended Cardiff and Vale University Health Board sites

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has announced that all visiting across its sites is suspended until first notice. In a statement via its website it said "To protect our visitors, our staff and you we have taken the extraordinary decision to implement no visiting." Despite the announcement, some exceptional circumstances will be considered, including: […]

26th March 2020
South Wales councils: Coronavirus bin collections

Councils in south Wales have revealed what’s happening with their bin collections in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Across Wales and the UK councils are having to strip back or even stop some services to move staff to priority services to cope during the outbreak. So what’s the situation with rubbish collection services in these […]

26th March 2020
Glamorgan Voluntary Services provides briefing on third sector services

Glamorgan Voluntary Services (GVS) has provided a briefing detailing information about third sector front line services, and helplines, which can support people during the Covid-19 crisis. The information is correct as of 25th March 2020 and may change as the situation develops. Age Connects Cardiff and the Vale Age Connects in the Vale are focusing […]

26th March 2020
Dinas Powys Voluntary concern says its encouraged by offers of support during Coronavirus pandemic

Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern has said its encouraged that so many people have offered their support to local residents during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a statement the organisation said it "would encourage all to help their families and close friends through these difficult times" Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern's two coordinators  have enlisted a team of […]

25th March 2020
Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The UK Government has today launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp. The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services. This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well […]

25th March 2020
NAT Group offers free travel to NHS workers & implements cashless system

NHS workers can travel free of charge on all NAT Group services across South Wales. The move comes into operation from Wednesday 24 March with qualifying workers needing only to show the driver their photographic NHS staff pass. Welsh bus operator NAT Group has also introduced a strict cashless policy that will require passengers to […]

25th March 2020
Assembly announces changes during Coronavirus pandemic

As the country is settling down to the “new normal” under the restrictions designed to halt the spread of the Coronavirus, the National Assembly for Wales has also changed how it works and a series of emergency provisions have been put in place so that essential business relating to COVID-19 can carry on. For the […]

25th March 2020
The groups dedicated to helping others during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thousands of groups have been set up to support the vulnerable and elderly during the Coronavirus pandemic, including nine here in the Vale of Glamorgan. An army of people have joined coronavirus Mutual Aid online groups to deliver goods to those unable to leave home in their areas. Within days of the first Facebook page […]

25th March 2020
Cars, vans, motorcycles exempted from MOTs

Cars, motorcycles and vans are to be granted a six-month exemption from MOTs from 30 March, UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The temporary extension means that if your MOT is due from 30th March, you will automatically receive a six-month extension. Drivers will be expected to keep vehicles in a a roadworthy condition […]

24th March 2020
Police Chief Constable released message to communities

South Wales Police Chief Constable Matt Jukes has released a message to the communities it serves, following the Prime Ministers address to the nation on Monday. In the message released on Monday, he said: The majority of people are already making real sacrifices to save lives and we urge everyone to follow the advice that […]

24th March 2020
Welsh Government introduces emergency regulations to close public rights of way

The Welsh Government has introduced emergency regulations, that require local authorities to close footpaths and other rights of way where use poses a high risk to the spread of coronavirus. The Vale of Glamorgan has confirmed that a number of footpaths are being closed around Atlantic College, Cosmeston, Dunraven Bay, Ogmore-by-Sea and Porthkerry, they include: […]

24th March 2020
Aston Martin temporarily suspends operations at Manufacturing sites

From tonight, Aston Martin will temporarily suspend all manufacturing operations including its site at St Athan. Confirming the news via its website, Aston Martin confirmed the temporary suspension of all manufacturing operations at its UK plants in line with the latest UK Government instructions on the fight against COVID-19. The suspension will come into force […]

24th March 2020
KLM cuts Cardiff Airport flights

KLM, one of Cardiff Airport's longest-serving airlines is to significantly reduce its flights as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The company today announced that from 29th March until 3rd May, KLM will carry out around 10% of the normal number of flights. The blow comes shortly after the collapse of Flybe and Thomas cook, […]

24th March 2020
A2B Taxis announces temporary closure

The Vale's largest Taxi company, A2B Taxis has announced that it will temporarily close from today. In a statement on its social media, it said it has taken the advice following the Prime Minister' announcement on Monday evening. A spokesperson for A2B Taxis said "We're proud to have driven the great people of Barry for […]

24th March 2020
Coronavirus Bill: Campaigners call for remote voting for AMs, amid concerns over collapse in scrutiny

The Electoral Reform Society in Wales have called for the Senedd to trial electronic/remote voting and video-links for Assembly Members, after it was announced that just 12 Members would be allowed to scrutinise the Coronavirus Bill today. These 12 Members will also be the only ones voting on whether to give the UK Government legislative consent for the […]

24th March 2020
Cardiff Bus to operate Sunday service from tomorrow

From Wednesday 25th March, Cardiff Bus will follow a Sunday timetable every day of the week (Monday -Sunday). It's made the decision, in line with new Government guidance and to still ensure the running of buses for key workers to get to and from work, as well as accessing shops for essential items. The Cardiff […]

23rd March 2020
Full Government Guidance on new restrictions

The UK Government has issued full guidance on new restrictions implemented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. With the guidance via gov.uk, it states "The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives." Members of the public must reduce […]

23rd March 2020
Prime Minister Tells Country: "You Must Stay At Home"

In a speech at 8:30pm tonight, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an effective lockdown of the country, telling the public they "must stay at home" in unprecedented measures to try and quell the spread of the Coronavirus. It was previously advised by the government that all non-essential travel should be avoided but this effective lockdown […]

23rd March 2020
BarryVision - Stay at home, Enjoy Barry Island Live, Protect the NHS and save lives

If you are like us, on a good sunny day the first thing you want to go for a walk at the Beach, in the countryside or at a local park, but following recent guidance from the Prime Minister, that's not going to be possible for a little while. That's why we have launched our […]

23rd March 2020
Cardiff and Vale Health Board recruiting for temporary roles

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has launched a recruitment campaign for temporary roles in several areas during the Covid 19 outbreak. In a post on its website, the Health Board said it was seeking individuals to undertake paid temporary roles immediately in the following areas: Housekeeping Catering Hospital Portering Health Care Support Workers Administration […]

23rd March 2020
Vale Council closes public spaces to support social distancing

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has announced a string of closures to parks, public spaces and car parks from Tuesday 24th March to support social distancing. In a statement on Monday, the Council announced that the following will be closed from the 24th March: Barry Island car parks Cosmeston and Porthkerry Country car parks Penarth […]

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