Hub opens providing support to those hardest hit by pandemic in Flintshire
A hub offering ‘holistic support’ to those hardest hit by the pandemic is expected to open in Flintshire later this month.
Covid support hubs offering immediate assistance with lateral flow testing and self-isolation assistance are being rolled out as part of a pilot program in five regions in North Wales.
They also provide longer-term assistance for people who may have difficulty buying food or paying rent, accessing services, managing debts, or paying utility bills.
The pilot project is part of the Welsh Test Trace Protect program, which provides an extended and longer term ‘Protect’ offer in disadvantaged communities in North Wales.
It brings together the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Council, local authorities, the voluntary sector and community groups to support communities in various areas.
This multi-partner approach means that additional support can be offered if identified, even if people test negative for Covid-19 and are not required to self-isolate, such as signaling benefits, providing information. on food banks and low cost food services. , and tips on budgeting.
The first pilot hub was launched in Holyhead in May, with 59 people seen in the first nine days.
Ynys Môn Citizens Advice is the lead organization, with input from a range of partners to provide additional support in food procurement, digital skills and access to mental health support.
The program is also underway in Bangor and Denbigh, with hubs slated to open in Plas Madoc (near Wrexham) and Flintshire later this month.
Minister of Health and Human Services Eluned Morgan said:
“I am delighted to see that this pilot program is up and running in North Wales and is already showing positive results. “
“It is essential that people self-isolate if they test positive for Covid-19 in order to stop the spread of the virus in our communities. “
“Testing, Trace Protect has been extremely effective in helping people who test positive and their contacts isolate themselves and provide advice, guidance and support, and it is important that we continue to invest in initiatives like this. to help people isolate themselves when needed. . “
“This pilot also demonstrates the benefits of a partnership approach that reaches out to those who are often hard to reach and opens up a range of services for them to relieve worry and stress in other areas of their lives, providing much needed support. to people at an extremely difficult time.