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  1. Charity issues 'desperate plea' for healthcare staff

    A "desperate plea" for healthcare staff has been issued from a specialist home caring for residents with neurological injuries.

    Lillington House

    Castel Froma Neuro Care, which looks after 95 patients at Lillington House and Helen Ley House in Leamington Spa said it has seen two thirds of its 130 clinical staff unable to work due to coronavirus restrictions.

    Some staff are unable to come to work because they are self-isolating or suffering from underlying health conditions, it said.

    The charity cares for patients with brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease.

    Other residents have suffered strokes or been injured in road traffic accidents.

    The charity is urging people with some previous healthcare knowledge - for example retired nurses or care assistants to apply for paid roles.

  2. In pictures: Birmingham during lockdown

    Pictures show a deserted Birmingham due to the restrictions imposed on movement due to coronavirus.


    Whilst many of the larger shops have been boarded up, corner shops and convenience stores are still open for business in the city.

  3. New job starters 'petrified' over wage help scheme

    BBC News England

    People who started jobs in March have been left "petrified" after discovering thousands are not eligible for government wage grants.

    Job Search computer

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined a scheme where companies could apply for a grant worth 80% of their employees salaries - up to £2,500 a month.

    But in order to qualify, workers would have had to start their new job by 28 February, meaning a significant number have fallen through the cracks.

    Many have called the cut-off "unjust".

  4. Vacuum cleaner-maker told ventilators not wanted

    Vacuum cleaner-makers Gtech have been told the ventilators they were planning to make aren't wanted by the government.

    The Worcester-based company said it was approached by the government to draw up designs on 15 March and was given approval on Friday, 20 March, to make 30,000 of the ventilators.

    But chief executive Nick Grey said the firm had now been told the government did not want them to proceed at this time.

    Nick Grey and ventilator

    Mr Grey said they would complete and publish its design, because there had been a lot of interest from other countries.

    “Gtech stand ready to go into production with your support should they be asked to do so.”

    He also said Gtech could produce around 100 per day within a week or two.

  5. Stay inside message reinforced in Lego

    The message to stay at home during the coronavirus restrictions is being reinforced - in Lego.

    Lego display
    Mini Birmingham

    Over 1,000 figures have removed from a display in Legoland Discovery Centre in the city.

    Lego display

    The figures were removed before the centre closed its doors to the public.

    Master builder Michelle Thompson said the image was being released "to support the message of how important it is to stay inside".

  6. Huge green waste increase as people tidy gardens

    With people forced to spend more time at home, it seems many are spending their time tidying up their garden.

    Telford and Wrekin said last week it collected 70 tonnes of garden waste, compared to just 20 the week before.

    Green bin
  7. Music ‘helps children reduce stress’

    People are coming up with all sorts of different ways to entertain children stuck at home.

    Eleanor Pittam, who normally runs musical classes for under fives in Shropshire, has switched to producing YouTube videos of her classes and believes music is important to relieving stress for children.

    Eleanor Pittam

    She said: “At this time, it's more important than ever that children maintain a routine and some familiarity with 'normal' life and the videos have helped enormously with this according to the feedback I have received from parents.”

    She said many parents had sent her videos of their children interacting with the sessions which she said was heartwarming.

    Child and TV
  8. Changes to bin collections in town

    Bin collections in Newcastle-under-Lyme are changing this week.

    Garden waste bins will be collected on the same day as household rubbish bins, instead of alternate weeks.


    The council will also no longer take textiles or small electrical items, which should now be put in the household waste bin, along with food waste from the green caddies.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M42 West Midlands both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M42 West Midlands both ways severe disruption, at J4 for A3400 Stratford Road Shirley.

    M42 West Midlands - M42 lane closed on exit slip road at J4, A3400 (Shirley), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Gin distillery making sanitiser for police

    A Worcester gin distillery, which has started producing its own hand sanitiser, is supplying West Mercia Police and Royal Mail, among other organisations.

    Piston Gin is one of a number of distilleries to switch production and last week sold more than 60,000 bottles.

  11. What to do if your neighbours are throwing a party

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Tom Dare

    Residents living across the West Midlands should contact police if they suspect neighbours of hosting a party during the coronavirus pandemic, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has said.

    David Jamieson

    Speaking after Derbyshire Police were called out to a 25-person get-together, David Jamieson said it is important not to go round to the house of a person you suspect of breaking social distancing rules.

    Instead, the police boss says, residents should contact police via online chat or, if completely necessary, by calling 101.

    People have been encouraged to stay home, only leave their house for essentials such as food, medicine and exercise, and not to meet up with people outside their own household.

  12. Are you up to the loo roll challenge?

    The #loorollchallenge has become something of a social media phemomenon during the coronavirus pandemi, with people filming their best attempts at using the rolls to do keep-uppies.

    Here are some of the latest attempts from around the region.

    Are you a toilet roll trickster or are your skills only bog standard?

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  13. Make A Difference: Daily home care tips

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A group of beauty students in Leek are sharing daily home care tips to help those who might be struggling from working at home.

    The hair and beauty students at Leek and Buxton College are posting daily home care tips on their Facebook page.

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