Posted on: Thursday 9 April 2020
As the Easter bank holiday weekend approaches Torfaen Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and other partners across Gwent are sharing one simple message – stay home.
With good weather promised and a longer weekend for everyone to enjoy, key agencies are warning people may consider venturing out or ignore the government’s advice. It’s important that while the fight against coronavirus continues, everyone does their bit and stays at home.
Torfaen County Borough Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, along with key agencies including; Gwent Local Authorities and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, are setting the public a number of challenges across the weekend.
On Friday 10th of April, residents are being challenged to partake in ‘Good Deeds for Good Friday,’ a day which celebrates the wonderful work of volunteers, communities and workers on the frontline who have gone above and beyond to help others during this difficult time. People are being asked to share short clips of their good deeds - whether that be a friendly phone call to a neighbour or offering to pick up their groceries. Key workers are also being asked to send in their clips of why staying at home can make a big difference to the important jobs they do.
On Monday 13th of April, it’s all about the Bank Holi-stay. People are challenged take part in a number of activities at home and use the time to reflect on their health and wellbeing. The council, along with the key agencies, will be sharing tips, advice and challenges across social media.
Aside from this, Torfaen Libraries will be running their hugely popular Rhymetimes and Lego Clubs online as well as sharing their e-resources which include a wide selection of ebooks, eaudio, ecomics, emags and family history online.
Commenting ahead of the bank holiday weekend, leader of the council, Councillor Anthony Hunt said: “The Easter weekend is normally a time we celebrate with close family and friends. While it may be sunny and we may get the urge to our leave home to visit loved ones or meet up with friends to take a stroll, I ask everyone to please continue helping to save lives by staying at home.
We are at a crucial point in our fight against the Coronavirus and we can only beat this cruel disease if we all continue to do our bit. We hope that many families will join us in sharing the fun activities they are doing at home. I look forward to seeing all the videos. I will be staying at home and riding 100 miles on my indoor bike on Easter Sunday in aid of local and NHS charities!
If you are in need of support, please contact us on 01495 762200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help with essential supplies and prescription collection, alongside local groups and organisations.'
Judith Paget, Chief Executive of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board said: “We have started to see very early signs that people staying at home is making a difference. However, there is still a long way to go and our NHS services face unprecedented pressures – please continue to stay at home to stop the spread of Coronavirus. We are coping with the demand on our services at the moment, but that could change if people ignore the government guidelines. By following the advice to stay at home you will protect our NHS services from becoming overwhelmed and many lives will be saved. I would appeal to everyone in Gwent to play their part.”
For all those who take part in the challenges, please share your videos#GoodDeedsFriday on Good Friday and #bankholistay on Easter Monday.