Press Release

A message of thanks to all community groups & organisations

09 September 2020

Councillor Rob Jones, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, has written an open letter thanking all the community groups and organisations across the county borough for their response to the coronavirus pandemic.

A message of thanks for your commitment during the coronavirus pandemic

Many community groups and organisations have worked in partnership with the council to deliver its NPT Safe and Well Service. The service was set up to support those who were shielding or self-isolating and had nobody to call on for help.

The letter reads:

“I am writing to thank you for stepping up to support our communities and partnering with our NPT Safe and Well Service in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

“The commitment and dedication from everyone involved has been truly inspiring. Thank you!

“Together, we have been able to support our most vulnerable residents by delivering food parcels, collecting medicines and keeping in touch with people to make sure they were okay. This support has been a lifeline to thousands of our residents and I know from the feedback we have received how very grateful they are for that support.

“The coronavirus has presented unprecedented challenges for all of us but by pulling together, we have been able to meet these challenges. Now that shielding has been paused and our residents are able to resume their daily living activities – some with ongoing support – our attention has turned to making solid contingency plans for the autumn/winter period when infection rates are expected to rise and there is the prospect of some restrictions being re-imposed. We are approaching this on the basis of there being a local response plan in place for each electoral ward. Unlike the initial response, we have time to work these plans up with the community and our partners and I have asked staff to make contact with you as we develop this work to agree what contribution you would be able to make to these arrangements.

“I would also like to inform you that the Neath Port Talbot Third Sector grant fund is now open for applications for the 2021-2022 financial year. For next year, we have decided to focus the fund on activities that continue and sustain the fantastic community spirit and action seen throughout the Covid-19 emergency. I hope this will provide practical assistance to groups that have been working or are newly formed across the county borough to continue the great work that we have seen in recent months.

“For further information about the grant and to apply, visit www.npt.gov.uk/thirdsectorgrants . The closing date for applications is 16th October 2020.

“Once again, on behalf of everyone living in Neath Port Talbot, thank you for the way you have worked to keep our residents safe and well.”

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