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Spread the Word Local police, whilst travelling between patrol locations recently, were feeling the love when an elderly resident put down her shopping bags and gave them a round of applause and, that’s not all that our community residents and businesses have been doing to show appreciation to everyone who is risking their health to help others throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Here’s just some of the incredible things being done to help our frontline services not far from you... Homes for Heroes

Other accommodation providers such as MECS Sales and Lettings, Harborne have joined Love your Postcode in offering their own properties free of charge, Facebook pages have also been set up for other providers and individuals wishing to help and list their vacant properties. Bobby Singh, Love your Postcode said, “So today I can’t work in a hospital, or the care sector, but I can serve those that are serving, caring and saving our people, it’s the right thing to do, you’ll be remembered for who you help, you won’t be remembered for how much money you make.” Sami Mubarak, MECS Sales & Lettings added, “We urgently need more properties, we are asking landlords and individuals who have unoccupied properties to donate a few weeks to front line NHS staff who are in desperate need of places to stay.”

Despite the challenge posed by coronavirus, the city’s waste collection crews, supported by other street scene staff, have continued to keep Birmingham clean – attracting

DO YOU HAVE A VACANT PROPERTY, SERVICED ACCOMMODATION, AIR BNB OR HOTEL ROOMS? e: daniel.craig@loveyourpostcode.com e: guy.vaughan@loveyourpostcode.com Freephone: 0800 862 0870 Facebook: NHS STAFF FREE APARTMENTS TO REST / COVID-19 e: hello@mecsproperty.co.uk or call: 07742051451 Facebook: MECS-HOMES FOR HEROS

APRIL 2020

of the council alongside those kind comments from residents.” Cllr O’Shea added, “We would ask that residents also play their part in helping keep our crews safe, by cleaning their bin handles before and after presentation and by ensuring residents who have had COVID-19 or have displayed symptoms follow government guidance to tie and double-bag their waste - and wait 72-hours before disposing of it in their household bin.”

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Residents Praise Bin Crews

Love your Postcode originally set out to provide NHS staff with somewhere to rest close to their place of work by offering around 50 properties free of charge but, was soon inundated with requests from teachers, people operating emergency vehicles, carers and workers wishing to self-isolate from vulnerable or elderly family members who are saying, “We’re also serving the public, can you help us? Midlands-based property providers and individuals are being encouraged to ‘do the right thing’ and offer free accommodation to our heroes fighting the coronavirus.

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many supportive messages. Notes have started appearing in household windows and attached to bins, thanking the hard-working crews for their efforts to keep things running as smoothly as possible, despite the effect of the pandemic on front-line services across society. Some of the messages attached to bins include: • “Thank you for carrying on and doing this. We appreciate it. Take care and stay safe.” • “Thank you for helping keep us safe. I have cleaned handles. We are currently symptom-free. Much appreciated chaps.”

• “I think you are wonderful.” • Thank you to our binmen – you are appreciated.” Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said, “We are immensely proud of the professionalism and commitment demonstrated by our staff throughout this pandemic and we will continue to support them. “It’s great that their effort to give their very best in such circumstances is being recognised by the people of Birmingham, the positive words are having a great effect on morale. I want to formally place my thanks and gratitude on behalf

West Midlands ring and ride minibuses are being redeployed as free shuttle buses for NHS hospital staff and key workers supporting social care services across the region. The majority of regular elderly and vulnerable ring and ride users are now on a strict 12 week lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak meaning the minibuses were not being used. So, the buses, operated by National Express Accessible Transport (NEAT) under contract from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), will instead be redeployed as shuttle buses ferrying NHS staff from car parks and transport hubs to the region’s major hospitals. The new shuttle bus services, in many cases running from 7am to 10pm five days a week, will ferry staff to hospital from park and ride car parks and Metro stops. Each minibus will carry a maximum of two passengers to ensure social distancing is maintained. Busy locations will have six minibuses on a continuous circuit between the hospital and designated car park. The service will be regularly reviewed and adapted to meet the needs of NHS staff. TfWM park and ride car parks are free to use and monitored by 24 hour CCTV. Hospitals and medical facilities served include: Russells Hall, Dudley, Walsall Manor, Wolverhampton New Cross, Birmingham Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham Dental Hospital, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Northfield, Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield and City Hospital, Birmingham. For a full list and service times visit: wmnetwork.co.uk/nhstravel

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