COVID-19 Update: 11th May

In the latest COVID-19 update from Cardiff Council: the areas having a garden waste collection this Saturday; work to resume on North Road cycle upgrade; providing online digital support during the crisis; celebrating Foster Care Fortnight; and another award for the council's house-building partnership.


One-off Saturday Garden Waste Collections Continue

A reminder that one-off Saturday garden waste collections are taking place this month.

The areas of Cardiff that have their waste collected on aWednesdaywill have a garden waste collection this comingSaturday, 16thMay.

Over 700 tonnes of Garden Waste were collected on the first two Saturdays of May, taken from Monday and Tuesday collection areas of the city, and the final two Saturdays of the month are allocated for Thursday and Friday collection areas.

Residents are reminded that they must only put out garden waste for collection in their green wheelie bin or their reusable garden sacks.

Any additional garden waste, which is put in any other container, including plastic bags, will not be collected.

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Work to resume on phase 2 of the North Road Cycle Upgrade

The Council's contractor, Horan Construction Ltd, will be re-starting work on the North Road Cycle Upgrade Phase 2.

To ensure staff are able to socially distance while working, the path between the ambulance station access road and Llys Tal y Bont Road to be closed to the public while the work takes place.

This path will be closed from May 18thand is not expected to be re-opened until July.


Online digital support for all levels during the current crisis

Our Digital Support Team have been working hard to move their face to face services in to the digital sphere.

The team, part of the Council's Adult Learning service, would usually undertake digital support sessions in Hubs, but in response to the COVID-19 crisis, they are now offering their services online every week day Monday - Friday 9am-4pm (excluding bank holidays).

The team has been working to create handy 'how-to' guides and provide resources to individuals who wish to advance their digital skills whilst ensuring that they identify and reach those most vulnerable in our community who need help and access to devices and connections online.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen a rise in enquiries about home broadband connections, online scams circulating about coronavirus and staff queries on how to use Skype/ Microsoft Teams to conduct virtual meetings.

The digital surgery sessions aim to address all digital needs, whilst everyone is adjusting to home working and home schooling. People are experiencing new technologies and softwares and sometimes things may get a little overwhelming, which is something the Digital Support Team understand and that's why they are there to help.

Support includes how to use the internet, help with online banking, creating an email address, completing online applications, help with online shopping, using social media, paying bills and more.

To get in touch, simply start a chat on one of their social media platforms (listed below) or submit a query via the following web form:

A member of the Digital Support Team will be in touch either through chat, email, video call or telephone call to assist you.

Facebook: tag@digisupportcardiff

Twitter: tag@digisuppcardiff

Instagram: digisupportcardiff or tag @digitalsupportcardiff


Celebrating Foster Care Fortnight

Cardiff Council is celebrating Foster Care Fortnight, starting today, by sending a clear message to potential foster carers in the city - ‘We still need you!'

Foster Care Cardiff is continuing to recruit foster carers despite the current health emergency and is keen to hear from anyone who wants to find out more about fostering and thinks they can use their skills, knowledge and expertise to help enrich and improve the lives of Cardiff's children and young people. This can be for either short breaks, respite or long-term care.

Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign to raise awareness around foster care and to celebrate the devotion of foster carers and the positive impact that they have on our local communities. The theme of this year's campaign, which runs from May 11 to 24, is ‘This is Fostering'.

City Hall will be illuminated in orange, Foster Care Cardiff's distinctive colour, from May 15 to 24 in recognition of Foster Care Fortnight.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Graham Hinchey, said: "I have had the privilege of meeting a number of foster carers in the city over the last few years, people who are new to the role and those who have been fostering for years. It has been my absolute pleasure to hear about their experiences and Foster Care Fortnight is a chance to show our gratitude to all those foster carers who are making a real difference in the lives of children and young people. Thank you to you all. You're doing an amazing job."

City Hall will be lit orange for Foster Care Fortnight from May 15 -24, apart from Thursday May 21 when it will be lit blue once again in recognition and gratitude for the city's key workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Hat-trick of awards for council's house-building partnership

A new residential development in the east of Cardiff, built as part of Cardiff Council's flagship house-building programme, has scooped a national award.

The Cardiff Living scheme development at Silvervale Park in St Mellons has won a RICSSocial Impact Awards, Wales for 2020 - Cardiff Living's third national award in the last 12 months.

Cardiff Living is a partnership initiative between the Council and national developer, Wates Residential, to build new 1,500 new homes, at least 600 of which will be council homes, across the city. The initiative is an important strand of the Council's wider housing development strategy that seeks to deliver 2,000 new council homes, 1,000 of which will be completed by 2022,  to meet high levels of demand for good quality, affordable homes.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Cardiff Living is delivering good quality, new homes that people want to live in, both in the private sales market and our own council properties - they are lovely homes."

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