Care & Repair benefit from university’s hand sanitiser

Frontline staff in the 13 Care & Repair agencies across Wales are among the housing organisations benefitting from hand sanitiser made at Swansea University.

Care & Repair Cymru has worked with mental health charity Cymorth Cymru, and social housing body Community Housing Cymru, to distribute the sanitiser to 35 agencies and organisations across Wales.

A solar technology lab at the University has temporarily switched to producing 5000 litres of hand sanitiser a week during the COVID-19 outbreak, which is also supplying NHS services, care homes and homeless hostels.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive at Care & Repair Cymru, said:

“COVID-19 has proved challenging for many of us working to support older people in their homes, help speed up hospital discharges and support the NHS

“The changes we’ve made to the way we work, ensuring we keep both our clients and staff safe while we go about our work, have led to us adding to the demand for protective equipment and clothing.

“We’ve been pleased to work with a number of new partners across Wales to help supply PPE to our Care & Repair agencies. The hand sanitiser from Swansea University is a vital contribution to that supply, helping ensure that our caseworkers and handypersons can continue being here to help older people across Wales.”

Dr Iain Robertson from the College of Science at Swansea University said: 

“We have been able to adapt quickly to support frontline staff and vulnerable people. Swansea University with the support of several local companies can now produce 5000 litres a week of WHO-recommended hand sanitiser.

“We are delighted to see that it is helping to keep housing staff and the people they care for safe.”