What is Solva Care?
Solva Care is a registered charity set up by the community residing in the parish of Solva and Whitchurch in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
We are committed to building and sustaining a vibrant, strong and connected community, by working closely with our Community Council and other local groups and organisations.
Our aim is to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of our community by enabling our residents to stay in their own homes and remain part of their community. We do this by running a volunteer service to provide assistance where needed, as well as running social events to counteract loneliness and isolation; we also provide extra support for those caring for their relatives.
Find out more about our service, how to become a volunteer or to make a donation.
Together for Change
Together for Change is a Pembrokeshire-wide partnership project funded by the National Lottery COVID-19 Response Fund, Wales. The project was founded by Solva Care – the fund holder – with partner organisations PAVS and PLANED. The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for society has revealed the importance of community level organisations at a critical time, with communities responding dynamically and compassionately to the challenges they faced.
Together for Change will bring together third and public sector organisations to establish a positive legacy from the experiences of COVID-19 and build on the important contribution of community-led action to the health and wellbeing of people in Pembrokeshire.
Solva Care understands that this is still a worrying time for you and your families. We have suspended many of our regular activities and events, although – with Solva Community Council – are co-ordinating volunteers to help with shopping, delivering food, dog walking or picking up prescriptions. If you could help with this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lena on 07805 717556, and if you would like some assistance to cope with staying home, let Lena know too.
Keep Wales Safe
- stay at home
- meet only the people you live with
- maintain 2m social distancing
- wash your hands regularly
- work from home if you can
- self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
If you have symptoms, get a test.
All of Wales is at alert level 4 – find out what you need to do at alert level 4.
Avoid Coronavirus scams
Be on your guard against a series of scams attempting to take advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak – online, by phone and on the doorstep. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Combatting exclusions and ageism for older people during the pandemic
COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology – have set out 4 key messages which Solva Care fully support:
Message 1: State and community responses to COVID-19 must be cognizant of direct exclusions that impact older people as a result of policies and strategies implemented to combat the virus, and where possible account for these negative circumstances through supports and action.
Message 2: We must continue to ensure that treatment for COVID-19, and other forms of resource allocation associated with the crisis, are based on need, and not a simple age threshold.
Message 3: In implementing polices and strategies to protect older people during COVID-19, we must not ignore the heterogeneity of the older population and frame older individuals as highly vulnerable, passive agents, ignoring their contribution during the pandemic.
Message 4: Policy and strategies combating COVID-19 must not be based on a problematisation of ageing and older people in the context of the crisis, or function to destabilise the considerable solidarity currently being witnessed across the generations.
How to stop infection spreading:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cought or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
What to do if you have symptoms
Do not leave your home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
How can you support us?
Be part of our support service. Organised by our Coordinator, you can help our residents in all sorts of practical ways. From providing lifts to the local surgery, assisting with shopping, walking dogs or helping with paperwork.
Solva Care's aims
The aims of Solva Care are to maintain and improve health and wellbeing by:
enabling residents to stay in their own homes and remain part of the community;
offering a way to counteract loneliness, isolation and social disadvantage,
providing extra support for those for have caring responsibilities, be they relatives or carers; and
running activities to connect the community and enhance wellbeing.
How can we support you or your relatives?
If you are finding that …
- you would like to get out and about more,
- some chores are getting too much,
- your carer needs a little support, or
- your spend too much time on your own
…then support services from Solva Care may be the answer!
“I volunteered for Solva Care because, as well as doing something for others, it makes me feel better myself.
The things I do are small, not arduous and not particularly time consuming. There is no pressure and it certainly appears to make a difference to lots of people.
From a purely selfish point of view – I may need a little help myself in years to come!”
Reseach and Evaluation
Solva Care is innovative project, and we have built in research and evaluation from the start to shape our activities, and gauge how well we are doing. If you are interested in hearing more about our plans, or getting involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
The Solva Care Toolkit
Solva Care have produced – as part of a Knowledge Mobilisation Project, supported by the Public Health Department of Hywel Dda University Health Board – a Toolkit. The aim is to share the experience of setting up Solva Care by synthesising the knowledge gained from the success of Solva Care for other communities wishing to set up and run similar initiatives.
Find out about our activities
We have something for everyone in Solva – young or old! The beautiful mosaics adorning the steps between Capel Ucha’ and St Aidan’s were a 2017-18 Solva Care Project. Why not join us in the afternoon for Friday Club? Or there is Thursday’s Coffee Morning or Wednesday’s Luncheon Club? If you need a lift to get there, just contact our Coordinator.
Registered Charity Number 1172878