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Daily launches front page bid to help readers through ‘tough phase’ of pandemic

A regional daily has launched a print and online directory for those needing help during a “tough phase” of the coronavirus pandemic.

The South Wales Argus has started a new campaign called ‘We’re in it Together’, which aims to highlight support available across its patch for those who are struggling.

The Argus is compiling a list of public services, charities, community groups and volunteers – across Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Blaenau Gwent – which will be displayed both in print and on its website.

A similar directory for the Vale of Glamorgan will also appear in its Newsquest sister titles the Barry District News and Penarth Times.

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The Newport-based Argus splashed on the campaign’s launch last Monday.

Announcing the campaign’s launch, editor Gavin Thompson wrote: “We are all feeling the strain of living in the shadow of Covid-19 and, just as the vaccine brought us hope, the new faster spreading variant of the virus has made the nights seem to draw in that bit darker as we retreat to our homes again.

“Both our physical and mental health is at risk. Not just from the virus but the isolation our response to it creates.

“But we can draw strength from our communities. We are all facing this together.

“To play our part, the Argus will publish, online and in print, a list of support services – public organisations, charities, community groups and local volunteers – who are there to help in whatever way through this difficult time.”

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