Partnership working goes on
The Council has been working with a wide range of partner agencies during the coronavirus outbreak, to try and keep our communities safe.
The work involves local authorities, Welsh Government, emergency services, health organisations, Traffic Wales, Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Snowdonia National Park, Natural Resources Wales and others to draw up plans on how we co-ordinate the response to the pandemic.
This has involved sharing public information and messages, to encourage residents to follow guidelines that will try and protect them and others from coronavirus.
A tremendous amount of work has been going on locally in Denbighshire to introduce changes in services, in order to protect the health and well-being of residents. Our care homes and support services in the community have played a significant role and they have been working tirelessly under pressure to care for our loved ones.
We have provided childcare for the children of priority workers, we have worked to protect the vulnerable through welfare checks and we have administered business support grants on behalf of Welsh Government.
That is only a flavour of the work that has been going on in Denbighshire. The work of protecting communities continues.
We have also worked on issues such as free school meals, business support.
There are a number of regional sub-groups that are also responding in their areas of work, agreeing actions locally and nationally and ensuring that the operational and communications response is co-ordinated.
The Senior Emergency Management Team is meeting three times a week to make decisions about issues affecting the Council. It has been looking at issues such as schools, free school meals, social care business continuity, business support, finances, facilities management, Personal Protective Equipment, safety in the workplace. We are also starting the process of looking at recovery – how are we going to try and get things back to normal when this period comes to an end.
That is not an exhaustive list but gives you a flavour of some of the issues posing challenges to us at the minute.