Community responses to Coronavirus in Merthyr Tydfil

People A woman at a food bank
ProjectsMay 11th, 2020

How are communities in the Merthyr Tydfil county borough responding to Coronavirus and what can we learn from their responses?

What is the problem?

The Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lock-down has created real and unforeseen difficulties for people, including vulnerable people, in a variety of ways. From access to food and medicines to childcare, looking after mental health needs and a whole host of other things – there are daily challenges. We want to understand how communities and organisations are responding to those challenges and helping to meet peoples needs, and how they are delivering that support.

What are we doing? 

This work will take place across the Merthyr Tydfil county borough area. We will be engaging with organisations involved in delivering help and support to people as part of the response to the Coronavirus. This will involve speaking to them mainly over the telephone to understand more about what they are doing and how they are doing it.

We will present what they are doing in a short report and in some case studies.


Read the report here


In this project we aim to:

  • Capture, build on and share community responses to Covid-19 that are working well
  • Help community organisations to meet local needs by identifying and filling any gaps in provision
  • Share findings to help maintain or increase voluntary services for vulnerable individuals and communities as the pandemic continues and into recovery

Project details 

This is an 8 week project, and we will be carrying out the work between May and June 2020.

The project is funded by the Welsh Government


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