A NHS worker shielding from the coronavirus outbreak has hailed the help of the Pembrokeshire Community Hub and urged anyone needing assistance to get in touch.

The Community Hub, set up by Pembrokeshire County Council and partners, is a one stop shop for support during the pandemic and has already helped thousands of County residents.

Among them is Sarah Thorne of Milford Haven.

When Covid-19 arrived in the UK, Sarah and her NHS colleagues prepared to roll up their sleeves and do what they do best – look after people.

But Sarah, aged 42, has a long-term health condition requiring medication that leaves her immune compromised.

“When the government’s ‘shielding’ letter landed on my doorstep, my heart sank,” said Sarah.

“I was fully prepared to help everyone that needed me, but suddenly I was faced with seeking help from others just to be able to undertake mundane aspects of daily living. I found it embarrassing to ask.”

Sarah reluctantly called the Pembrokeshire Community Hub, preparing herself to be told she didn’t qualify.

“I don’t look ill, or very old, or appear to be the ‘typical’ person you would expect to need help.

“But I was wrong. Within minutes, with no judgement whatsoever, my details were taken and my specific needs noted. I was encouraged to call again, anytime, just for a chat if I wanted because we all need to reach out.

“A few hours later and I had a fabulous and reliable dog walker in place, and my dog loves him so much I think she’s going to move in with him!

“Volunteers called to offer assistance with things like shopping and prescriptions, and just to check I was doing okay. The sense of relief was overwhelming.

Several mornings later a van pulled up outside Sarah’s home, delivering a large and unexpected box.

Inside was a huge selection of essentials including fresh and non-perishable food, toiletries and toilet roll.

“The items may not have been what I would pick myself when out shopping, but as I sat down to eat, I realised this box is a hug.

“A hug from my friends and local community when I cannot see anyone.”

Sarah is now urging anyone who needs assistance to contact the Community Hub.

“I’m not elderly, frail, a single parent or visibly have any difficulties but I still need help.

“It’s not about whether you deserve it, or if you can wait, or eek out your resources, or you feel just fine right now.

“This is about your community coming together to support you because they want to and because you’re worth it.

“No one is more or less eligible, we’re in this together. So call the Hub, let them help you too, you won’t regret it.”

Tessa Hodgson, Pembrokeshire County Council Cabinet Member for Social Services, said:  “I am delighted the hard work of the Community Hub is continuing to be recognised.

“This lovely story also goes to show that there are people out there who still might not be sure if the Hub is for them or can help them.

“Please help spread the word of the work of the Hub and the message is clear – please, if you need assistance, get in touch and we will do everything we can to help.”

The Community Hub can be contacted via email on communitycovid19@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or by calling 01437 776301.

More details on the Hub are at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-community-information/community-hub



Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor David Simpson, has provided a further coronavirus update for Tuesday, 5th May, as follows:

Today is Day 42 of lockdown. Everyone should be proud of their achievements by staying at home and staying safe. Thank you.

It has been a very odd period in all our lives, totally unprecedented. It has made us ask many questions about ourselves and our resolve while recognising the way we have had to adapt and our ability to change.

We have managed to rally together to support each other and achieved something we should all be proud of.

Each day we hear stories of volunteers delivering parcels, people supporting each other in the communities and making PPE for care and NHS workers. Everything that you are all doing is strengthening our communities and I thank you.

I have highlighted previously that the Council has set up a Provider Hub. This newly-formed team continue to support the care providers and ensure that care and support workers are protected as much as possible during the Covid-19 outbreak.

I want to thank this team. I trust their work reassures care home and domiciliary care providers, care staff, families and, most importantly, those receiving care. I know the Authority is working hard to provide this extra support in what is a testing time for all.

The care providers will have full contact details for the Provider Hub, so if you have any issues or queries please contact the hub so we can assist and give advice as required.

With the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday, I want to remind everyone that on that important day we are still in lockdown. Unfortunately we are unable to celebrate as we would normally.

As we continue to be in lockdown the stay-at-home rules still apply. Follow the celebrations on line or on television but please if you are going to join in the sing-along in the evening, remember that social distancing still applies.

Finally I want to thank the town and community councils across the county that are keeping their residents up to date on matters by sharing our social media posts and press releases.

This is much appreciated as it is important to convey the information to the widest possible audience.

Stay at home, stay safe and please ensure we all work together to save lives.

The following press releases have been issued since my update yesterday:

 ·         NHS Worker Helped By Community Hub:


 ·         Free Online Resources Available At Libraries:


Public Health Wales is updating and adding to their resources regularly.  Please find all assets here: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-resources/

Also, please keep an eye on our newsroom at: https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/newsroom

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Don’t risk catching or spreading the virus, why risk it?  Remember: Stay Strong, Stay Safe and Stay at Home. Thank you.’

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Affordable Housing Survey by the Solva Community Land Trust

Affordable Housing Survey by the Solva Community Land Trust

Did you know that the electoral ward of Solva and Brawdy has been identified by Pembrokeshire County Council as an area in need of housing? And that a Community Land Trust, called Solva CLT, has been set up by Solva Community Council to take a community housing project forward to meet that need?

The new houses would be for the current residents and future generations of Solva and Brawdy. They would be environmentally friendly, affordable to rent, and looked after by the CLT in partnership with a not-for-profit housing association.

Solva CLT has already run two discussion groups about the project and would now like to hear from more people living in Solva and Brawdy. An online survey has been launched which we would like as many people to complete as possible. If you would like to express your views, and interest in, this exciting project, please complete the confidential survey:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SolvaCLT2020/

If you would like any further information about Sova CLT or the survey, please contact Sue Denman on kthdenman@aol.com or Ifor Thomas on Ifor.Thomas@gmail.com

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