Source: Wales – City of Cardiff
In the last Cardiff Council COVID-19 update of the month: how the Council is addressing digital deprivation so that children and young people can continue to access online learning; “you are not alone” – the Lord Mayor’s important domestic violence message; and delivering PPE.
Cardiff addresses digital deprivation
Cardiff Council has developed a range of ways to address the issue of digital deprivation so that children and young people can continue to access online learning, whilst schools are closed due to COVID-19.
The Council has been gathering information for recently on how many pupils require digital support which has been carried out using a variety of methods including phone calls, letters and utilising school’s existing electronic parent communication platforms, usually via mobile phones.
Cardiff’s schools know their families well and many of them already have a very good idea of what access their pupils have at home, with some already providing devices to digitally disadvantaged pupils.
In addition, some schools have gone above and beyond to ensure pupils can continue to learn at home by printing off work for families without access to devices and/or printers as well delivering resources including books and stationary.
Cardiff has placed orders for 1000 chrome books in addition to the 3000 already purchased via the Education Technology Project Fund. This is in addition to repurposing existing school equipment.A dedicatedproject team has been established to deliver the new scheme which will supply both end user devices and MiFi broadband devices to all those pupils who are digitally disadvantaged.
Importantly, Cardiff intends to make this a long term solution to tackling the issue of digital deprivation, following the lockdown.
Lord Mayor’s important domestic violence message – “You are not alone”
Help is available for those experiencing domestic abuse & sexual violence during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis.
Watch the Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Dan De’Ath on the support available from one of his chosen charities, Welsh Women’s Aid:
To find out more visit:
Or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800.
Teams from Cardiff Council support the Vale of Glamorgan Council with PPE deliveries
To date, the Council has delivered over 1.6m items of PPE in Cardiff.
Also, staff from Cardiff Council’s Hubs and Libraries Services have helped The Vale of Glamorgan Council deliver supplies of PPE equipment to their Civic Offices using Cardiff drivers.
Mobile library driver Mike Watkins was involved in the drop off where Rob Sadler, the Hubs Health and Wellbeing Officer handed them over to Carl Culverwell, an Emergency Planning Officer for the Vale.
The PPE equipment is vital for the Vale of Glamorgan’s key workers in Social Care & Domiciliary Care Homes both residential and nursing.