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Star Neighbour: Who is supporting your community during the coronavirus outbreak and how you can help

Wolverhampton | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

Find out what your community is doing to support those affected by coronavirus and how you can help.

Let us know how your community is helping each other

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, communities across the Black Country and Staffordshire have rallied together to support their neighbours in need.

Offers of help have poured in on social media amid fears for the frail and elderly, who are at greatest risk of serious illness from Covid-19.

We want to help spread the word about the support available in your area.

How to contact us:

  • Email: starneighbour@expressandstar.co.uk
  • Facebook message: @expressandstar
  • Twitter direct message: @expressandstar
  • Call: 01902 319598
  • Fill out the form at the bottom of this page
  • If any of the information below needs changing or removing please let us know

This page will be updated daily with details of the individuals, groups and businesses offering help across the region.

From neighbours helping with errands to organised Facebook groups and shops offering free delivery, we're here to help.

Let your neighbour know if you can help

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Get in touch via email, social media or the online form at the bottom of this page and we will add your information to the listings below.

In line with groups on Facebook, we're also providing forms that you can cut out, fill in and pop through the letterbox of elderly neighbours.

It allows you to offer your help to run errands or simply be a friendly voice at the end of the phone.

Scroll down to see what's happening in your area. This page will be regularly updated.

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Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Covid-19 Mutual Aid

More than 2,000 Facebook users have joined the Wolverhampton Covid-19 Mutual Aid group where people are posting all sorts of offers of help and pleas for supplies.

They range from people delivering care packages and providing blankets to sharing information about shops that still have essentials in stock.

Administrator Tom Moreton said: "One of the founding assumptions of this group is that we are naturally cooperative creatures. This has been vindicated by the amazing level of support this group has seen so far.

"The next step will be to organise volunteers locally. We're thinking carefully about the best way to this, and will have more to share soon."

Baked in Tettenhall

Baked in Tettenhall has started a delivery service to make sure their customers are not missing out.

Staff there have also implemented extra hand washing and sanitising of touch points as part of the daily routine and said they are avoiding hand contact with food wherever possible.

One of the owners, Catherine Wyer, said: “We’re hoping to start delivering straight away.

“A lot of our customers are elderly.

“We’ll be deciding case-by-case whether it’s free delivery or a minimum spend depending on how far away the house is.”

She said it was important to help those in need as well as keeping business going.

The Crown, Albrighton

The Crown in Albrighton is collecting donations of items which are being divided into boxes and delivered to people who are self-isolating.

Toilet roll, fresh milk, biscuits and tinned goods are among items already donated to the pub.

Lee Maddox, manager of the pub, said since Friday about 40 boxes of items have been donated.

He said: “We started it when people began to isolate, it was a way of providing for people in the village who can’t get outside, especially as the shops are running low.

“With the help of the local community, the first responders will be delivering the items to people in need. We had a lot more donated than we thought we would.”

Staff at The Crown in Albrighton boxing up donations

Big Venture Centre

The Big Venture Centre on Chesterton Road is offering free packed lunches for local families on free school meals in the event schools should close.

Gifts of Kindness

Gifts of Kindness, based in Bushbury, is collecting essentials to drop off to people who are struggling in the area.

They have teamed up with Bushbury Buddies, a service for socially isolated people, to help hand out items.

Amanda Newell, who runs the group, said: "We were already collecting toiletries for care homes and Bushbury Buddies, who visit the elderly, asked us for help.

"I didn't have any toiletries at that time and we made a request on Facebook and managed to help them.

"My friends have got in touch and we've got another box of items to hand out – our main focus is the over 60s.

"Because Bushbury Buddies have asked us to help, because they can't get items, they need other items.

"So we've got packets of pasta, porridge pots, because they will be helpful if they are self-isolating.

"We're just trying to help out."

Anyone able to donate toiletries, tinned soup or toilet paper can contact Gifts of Kindness by visiting Facebook and searching the name of the group or click here.

Churches offer support

The St. John Henry Newman Cluster of Catholic Parishes covering East Park, Wolverhampton, Bilston, Darlaston and Willenhall are offering support.

Parishioners have volunteered to do errands or basic shopping for anyone who is socially distancing themselves or needing to isolate and don’t have family etc that can help.

Fr. Craig Fullard said: "We’re happy to just keep in touch with people as well with telephoning them regularly.

If you or someone you know needs some assistance then get in touch on 01902 452841. (This relates to the East Park, Bilston, Darlaston & Willenhall area in particular).

Sikh support groups

Sikh groups across the West Midlands have offered a range of services to help the most vulnerable during the pandemic.

The Sikh Helpline has released a range of contact numbers for people or groups who can help – with services ranging from delivering food parcels to collecting prescriptions.

Midlands Langar Seva Society offer food parcels, prescription pick ups and a support service by phone and can be contacted on 07860 109551 or 07828 863681

Khalsa Aid offer free food rations for the vulnerable and elderly, plus assistance for any registered community groups, and can be contacted at 07487270969

Gurdwara Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji West Bromwich offer support and daily essentials to elderly and vulnerable people and can be contacted at 07772 222181, 07534 701536, 07429 394435 or 07383982243

Sikh Helpline offer a support service by phone and can be contacted on 07999 004363 or 0845 644 4363

Wolverhampton Jet Singh Trust offer support and food deliveries to vulnerable people and can be contacted at 07811 130778

Shere Punjab offer support and daily essentials to elderly and vulnerable people and can be contacted at 07513 999919

For more information on Sikh Helpline and the services it provides, go to sikhhelpline.com.

Moreton Arms pub

Staff at the Moreton Arms pub on Stafford Road, Wolverhampton, has called on anyone in the area to get in touch if they can help.

A series of measures have taken placed to keep the pub running – with tables and menus sanitised throughout the day.

A statement said: "If anyone in the community needs anything that we can help with please just let us know.

"There is always someone here till late at night so please don’t struggle alone."

Wolverhampton star neighbour

Zee Russell can help people in Wolverhampton including support delivering medication.

Search zeesterussell on Facebook or call 07584 427882 or email zee.russell@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

GM Home Discounts, Wombourne

Manni Massey from GM Home Discounts in Wombourne is giving free hand gel to the elderly and vulnerable in the village and is delivering goods for free to those unable to leave the house.

Contact GM Discounts or Manni Massey on Facebook.

Appeal for Compton star neighbour

We've had an appeal for people or a group to come forward to help elderly residents in Compton. Can anyone who can offer support contact the Express & Star using the details above.

Kingsway Barbers

Kingsway Barbers, on Newbolds Road in Wolverhampton, will open on March 22 on an appointment basis strictly for elderly and vulnerable people.

They have put the measures in place for people who would prefer to visit the barbers when it's quieter – rather than a crowded shop.

Appointments will be 20 minutes apart – with the shop sterilised in between each customer for safety.

Call 07508695186 to book an appointment.

Kirk's Garage

Kirk's Garage, based on Compton Road in Wolverhampton, is offering a free basic service for cars used by the over 70s.

Relatives of people aged over 70 can call the garage on 01902 423628 or send them a message on Facebook.

Heath Park School pupils

Pupils at Heath Park School, in Wolverhampton, created cards for the residents of local care homes as they were worried about them being alone during the pandemic.

They have also been busy making cards for key workers who are busy working and helping others during the tough period.

A Cut In Time

Wolverhampton-based hair salon, A Cut In Time, has aprons, gloves and caps they want to donate to anyone in care work.

They can pop in to the Raynor Road salon, or call 01902 732777.

Household collections and deliveries

Mark Spittle, of Cannock Road, Westcroft, if offering help collecting, delivering, shopping and fetching prescriptions to household chores

People can call 07855 492527 or email mspittle@live.co.uk

Support in the Penn area

Pravin Kharwadkar, of Squirrel Walk, has pledged their support.

"I would like to help anyone in Penn, Wolverhampton. Anyone who needs help because of self-isolation, health issues. I want to help the vulnerable and elderly neighbours by collecting medication, milk and bread and other items," they said in a message to the Express & Star.

"Happy to pick up essential shopping and prescriptions, post mail, pick up urgent supplies, able to run errands, and provide a friendly phone for anyone in self-isolation."

Call 07886 841082 or by emailing pkharwadkar@yahoo.com

Westcroft star neighbour

Mark Spittle, from Westcroft in Wolverhampton, is offering to pick up shopping and collect prescriptions – and carry out other chores.

Contact him on 07855492527

Warstones star neighbour

Clair Colbourne, who lives in the Warstones area of Wolverhampton, can collect and deliver essentials to those in need in the area – and for the surrounding areas.

Email clair211@gmail.com

WV Active classes

WV Active, which runs leisure centres across Wolverhampton, has been streaming live videos of different workouts people can do.

Staff have put it together to ensure people in the city keep moving whilst social distancing and home working measures are in place.

To take part, visit www.wvactive.com/activities/home-workouts.html

Compton and Finchfield star neighbour

Carl Bates is coordinating help and support for elderly and vulnerable residents in the Compton and Finchfield area. He has already offered to help residents living in Coven.

He can collect or deliver essentials to anyone who needs them and is vulnerable or elderly. The special needs teacher said he wanted to do “something” to help people out during the pandemic.

Call Carl on 07989 474824 or email carlbates1979@gmail.com.

Young Tettenhall star neighbour

Twelve-year-old Emily Selby, from Tettenhall, in Wolverhampton, has set up the Redhouse Network to keep residents in the village in touch with each other, share information and advice.

She has set up a Facebook page and group, as well as an email address. On Sunday, she was out delivering 80 newsletters in the local area.

To contact Emily, email redhousenet@yahoo.com or emilyselby@yahoo.co.uk. To find the Facebook page, search for 'Redhouse Network'.

Tettenhall Facebook Group

Twelve-year-old Emily Selby, from Tettenhall, in Wolverhampton, has set up the Redhouse Network to keep residents in the village in touch with each other, share information and advice.

She has set up a Facebook page and group, as well as an email address. On Sunday, she was out delivering 80 newsletters in the local area.

To contact Emily, email redhousenet@yahoo.com or emilyselby@yahoo.co.uk. To find the Facebook page, search for ‘Redhouse Network’.

Wolverhampton star neighbour

Mohammed Khan, from Wolverhampton, is offering to deliver food and fetch medicines for elderly and vulnerable people in their homes.

To contact Mohammed, call him on 07538244666 or email molhan_91@yahoo.com.

Dudley and Wyre Forest

Gornal coronavirus support network

The Gornal Coronavirus Support Network group has been set up for people to post offers of help across Gornal.

You can join the group here

Castle Cars taxis

Castle Cars taxis, based in Dudley, is offering to support the community.

Spokesman Ohmair Qayyum said: "We are willing to do shopping pickups and drops for anyone self isolating or in quarantine and will do this for free to anyone over 65.

"Just call our normal phone lines and mention the above."

Kingswinford star neighbour

Star neighbour Paul Oakley is available to support those with Covid-19 issues in anyway possible and has a car, but doesn't use Facebook.

Paul can be contacted on 07932 697791.

Tipton star neighbour

Stacie Farrington is happy to help pick up essentials, shopping and prescriptions for those in need.

Stacie can be contacted on 07510 860534.

Robby's Fine Cuisine

An Indian restaurant in Kingswinford is offering free meals to elderly people and people in self-isolation.

The free meals from Robby's Fine Cuisine, in Townsend Place, includes a starter, a main course and a rice.

The restaurant has asked people to phone up and speak to the manager before a relative or friend can collect the meal.

To contact the restaurant, call 01384273287 or visit www.robbys.uk.com.

Black Country T Shirts

Black Country T Shirts, based on Castle Street in Dudley, is offering free postage on each order – helping people to get their items.

The store is also a collection point for Leslie's Care Packages, which collects items for the homeless, vunerable and anyone in need.

Black Country Radio

Black Country Radio has launched a community hotline to support residents during the pandemic.

The hotline will give individuals and companies the chance to offer up their services to help the most vulnerable in the community, while residents will be encouraged to contact the number if they are feeling isolated and need support from others.

People can call 01384 465375.

Kidderminster Facebook support group

A Facebook page has been launched to help people living in Kidderminster and the surrounding community.

The Coronavirus Community Support – Kidderminster & Surrounding Areas page was launched on March 15 and now has nearly 1,800 members.

The page allows people to ask for help, or offer their support in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Balti Bazaar

Restaurant Balti Bazaar, based in Lye, Stourbridge, is offering free meals – including a starter, main course and rice – to elderly residents who are self-isolating. Relatives/friends can pick up the meal, or the restaurant will deliver if they have a driver available.

A statement on their Facebook page said: "In light of the effects of the coronavirus, our thoughts are particularly with the elderly and vulnerable who may have to self-isolate to take precautions.

"We would like to offer a free meal to any elderly person who is self-isolating. We only ask that they ring us up, speak to our manager to place their order and ask their relative/friend to come and pick up the meal. We will be happy to deliver if we have a driver available.

"Please note, the meal will include, starter, main course and a rice. Together we can overcome this. Unity and compassion." Call 01384 353800 for more information.

Facebook support group

A Facebook page has been launched to help people living in the Black Country.

The Share To Those In Need page was launched on March 14 and now has more than 1,000 members. The page allows people to ask for help, or offer their support in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Paramedic

A West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic, who lives in Netherton, has seven days off – and is using his time to help the vulnerable.

Luke Adams is offering to help the vulnerable and sick who can't access shops – or needs an errand running.

He can be reached on 07432515169

Megs Shop

Megs Shop, off the Straits, in Lower Gornal, is now offering a home delivery service for those struggling to get out to the shops.

The shop will prioritise the elderly and vulnerable community on the Straits estate. Products include milk, bread, cobs, cold meats, canned foods, animal food, pop, sweets and a variety of every day essentials.

To make an order, call 07563 118340.

Coseley star neighbour

Sarah Brookshaw, of Coseley, is offering to help people in her community.

This includes shopping and running general errands. To contact her, call 07583076440 or email sarahbrookshaw@icloud.com.

Sandwell

Essential local deliveries

Jordan Goodridge, who lives in the Oldbury/Blackheath area, is offering to deliver essentials to elderly and vulnerable people in her area.

She can be contacted at jordangoodridge26@gmail.com

Jordan Goodridge's offer of help

Cradley Heath star neighbour

Kieran Rickards is volunteering in Old Hill, Cradley Heath.

He has offered to collect shopping and prescriptions for the elderly.

Call 07384 686321.

West Bromwich star neighbour

Rafal Wawrzyniak is volunteering his services for people in the Hill Top area of West Bromwich.

Any help with shopping and deliveries is offered.

Call 07463 949244.

Appeal for Sandwell star neighbour

The Leader of Sandwell Council has issued an appeal for help to support those in the borough during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Yvonne Davies shared on Twitter: "We need your help, if you are able to volunteer goods or services please let us know.

"Anything you are able to offer to help us during this crisis please get in touch 0121 569 2266."

Volunteer to help ease loneliness

Samantha in the the Kenrick Park, area of West Bromwich is offering help with small items of shopping or other errands along with wellbeing checks.

People can email greenpea1315@gmail.com

Sandwell Council staff

Sandwell Council staff are mobilising to help deliver support and assistance to vulnerable people hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

And the council is also calling on businesses or residents who can safely help to get in touch, with a number already having offered support.

Local businesses and residents are being encouraged to join the council and offer any assistance they can in a safe way and in line with new government guidelines announced on Monday.

Businesses can visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/coronavirusdonate, while residents can register online by visiting www.scvo.info/can-you-help.

Black Country Tyres

Black Country Tyres and Exhausts, which is based in Tipton, is offering to fix punctures for NHS workers free of charge.

Anyone who works for the NHS who has a tyre puncture is asked to drop their car off at the garage, off Sedgley Road East. For more information, call 0121 557 8471.

Cradley Heath star neighbour

Cradley Heath resident Sean Gilde has a car and is offering to help with deliveries of shopping or any other errands.

To contact Sean, call 07931 781737.

Walsall

Multi-lingual posters

A multi-lingual approach to advice on coronavirus and the current pandemic is being made available to the public.

Community integration group Walsall for All has collated together posters and documents regarding the spread of the virus in a number of different languages. These include details on what coronavirus is, how it can be caught, what the symptoms are and what to do if you have caught the virus.

The documents are available in Bengali, Easy Read (English), Hungarian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian and Slovak. It has also shared World Health Organisation advice.

Pelsall star neighbour

David Robinson is offering help with any errands or groceries and drives a car.

He is contactable at davidrobinson1990@hotmail.co.uk.

Blakenall star neighbour

Sarah Battison is offering to pick up shopping, prescriptions or other essentials for those who are self-isolating or cannot fetch things themselves.

Contact Sarah at 07309738146 or sarahbattison4@gmail.com.

Walsall star neighbour

Steve Large has access to a vehicle and is happy to go to shops or provide lifts for any vulnerable or elderly neighbours in his area.

Steve can be contacted at stevenlarge2004@hotmail.co.uk 07796 386698.

Willenhall star neighbour

Councillor Adam Hicken, from New Invention in Willenhall, is able to help pick up prescriptions, deliveries and more.

He can be contacted at 07949 311432 or cllr.adam.hicken@walsall.gov.uk.

Willenhall star neighbour

Despina Zacharia, who lives in Willenhall, moved into the area last year – and wants to help the most vulnerable by collecting medication, milk and bread and other items.

You can reach her by email on cdzacharia@hotmail.com

Busill Jones Primary School

Busill Jones Primary School in Bloxwich, Walsall, have called on children to visit in colourful clothing to mark the last day of school for most pupils on Friday.

Students who wear bright clothes will receive an item of tinned or packeted food which can be given to a nearby food bank.

A spokeswoman said: "We would like to achieve something positive on Friday itself as our last normal day of operations.

"We would like children to come to school in colourful clothing in exchange for an item of tinned or packet food which can be distributed to the local food bank, a charity we fully support especially during this time."

Hotline Cars Streetly

A taxi company in Walsall is offering to pick up supplies for people in self-isolation.

Hotline Cars Streetly is helping those isolated by picking up supplies, medicines and shopping – and also have food parcels available for those self-isolated.

Hotline Cars Streetly can be reached on 0121 353 2121 or by emailing hotlinecarsltd@hotmail.co.uk.

Willenhall star neighbour

Wilms Chapman wants to help support individuals and families affected by the coronavirus.

Wilms works full-time but can offer support on evenings and weekends.

Wilms is able to run errands, pick up essential shopping and prescriptions, and also is happy to walk dogs if needed.

You can contact Wilms by calling 07841 478117 or emailing wilms33@msn.com.

Walsall star neighbour

Mish Rahman is helping to support residents living in Aldridge, Short Heath and Willenhall.

He can pick up shopping, post mail, pick up urgent supplies and provide a friendly phone for anyone in self-isolation.

To contact Mish, call 07882 169720 or email misba70@hotmail.co.uk.

Walsall Community Transport

From Monday, March 23, Walsall Community Transport are providing a home delivery shopping service for the older and vulnerable residents of the town. They are also taking donations for Kindness Packs – which will include magazines, puzzle books, biscuits, chocolate, wool and more.

Users of the service are also now able to access the bus with their pass before 9.30am. For more information, call 01922 685555.

Walsall star neighbour

Ross Geal, from Victoria Terrace in Walsall, said he is willing to help in any way possible – from shopping for vulnerable people to walking dogs.

He can help with lifting and carrying and has a bicycle to get around – and uses a mask and gloves to protect himself.

People can reach Ross by calling 07554366398 or emailing truthferretfilms@gmail.com

Walsall star neighbour

Colette Murtagh, from The Chuckery in Walsall, has offered to help people in the area who are self isolating.

She will help with shopping or errands and won't take money until the food or items are delivered.

Colette is willing to visit supermarkets and pharmacies with no charge for deliveries.

People can reach her on 07718591971 or by emailing colette.murtagh@hotmail.co.uk

Walsall star neighbour

Martyn Spencer, who lives in the Bloxwich area, has offered to help people in the area if they need shopping or tablets.

He can be reached by calling 07756966784 or emailing martyn.spencer2000@gmail.com

Walsall star neighbour

Walsall resident Helen Phipps is offering to pick up shopping and prescriptions for residents who are stuck in their homes.

She will also be on the end of the phone for a friendly chat for anyone who needs it. To contact Helen, call 07588 535488.

Combat COVID support group

More than 60 teenagers from Queen Mary's Grammar School, in Walsall, have set up a group called Combat COVID to provide families in isolation with entertainment.

The group, made up of youngsters aged between 15 and 18, is sharing their content to social media.

The content varies from cooking to exercise and motivational quotes. To follow the group, search for their name on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Walsall star neighbour

Helen Phipps, from The Crescent, in Walsall, is offering to pick up shopping and prescriptions for people in her area.

She is also available for anyone wanting a chat. To contact Helen, call 07588535488.

Bridgnorth

Louise Creswick is a self-employed coach who specialises in Grief, Loss and Wellbeing, in the Bridgnorth area.

She is offering free online/telephone support to those who are struggling with social isolation, mental health concerns, the loss of a loved one during these difficult times, or experiencing any kind of grief.

People can call her on 07730 658390 or email louisecreswick@hotmail.com

South Staffordshire

Perton star neighbour

Pete Corr, from Perton, is offering to run errands and help where he can for people living in the surroundings areas including Compton.

To contact Pete, email pcorr1979@gmail.com

Perton star neighbour

Shell Bristow, from Perton, has offered to help people struggling in the area with shopping – or by running errands for them. Contact her on Facebook.

Coven star neighbour

Carl Bates, from Coven, can collect or deliver essentials to anyone who needs them and is vulnerable or elderly.

The special needs teacher said he wanted to do "something" to help people out during the pandemic.

Call Carl on 07989474824 or email carlbates1979@gmail.com

Le Salon

Pattingham-based hairdressers, Le Salon, is offering complimentary blowdrys to people working in the NHS, emergency services, supermarkets, delivery drivers, care workers and teachers – as a thank you for the work they are doing during the difficult period.

Appointments and walk-in service is now available, but people must bring proof of their profession.

For more information, call the salon on 01902 700007.

Perton star neighbour

Karen Deakin is cooking different hot meals everyday to support those who are struggling in Perton during the coronavirus outbreak.

On Friday, she provided beef chilli and vegan chilli to dozens of residents in need.

Every day she will provide a different meal, which will cost £1.75, and deliver them to the doors of Perton residents.

You can contact Karen by calling 07833 767791, emailing kdeaky@hotmail.co.uk or searching for Karen Deakin on Facebook.

Perton Community Support Hub

Perton Community Support Hub can be contacted by people who need any items – or for those wishing to help out.

Volunteers will be linked to people who are in need. Collection points for non-perishable items have been set up at C&L Foods and The Church at Perton, both located at Anders Square.

Call 07782 899 802. An answer phone will be checked regularly from 9am to 7pm.

Staffordshire

Electric Fitness

Fitness expert Karl Broughton-Frew is setting up free online workouts for the over 70s who could be asked to stay in their homes for up to four months.

A man who runs a fitness club in Staffordshire is setting up free online video workouts for the over 70s to keep them fit.

Karl Broughton-Frew, who runs Electric Fitness in Lichfield, is posting daily videos on Facebook to help the most vulnerable amid the coronavirus.

It comes after Government officials suggested over 70s could be told to stay indoors for up to four months.

The 45-year-old, who runs the Plant Pot Garden Centre-based club, said: "Our members have really taken to using our online workouts to exercise at home.

"It still feels like they are exercising with their friends, but they can do it in the comfort of their own living rooms.

"So, we thought, why can’t this same approach be used to provide some simple, seated workouts for all the people aged over 70 who could be asked to stay in for so long.

"Everyone needs to pull together to support each other at the moment – this is just our little way of helping."

Class instructor Carla Long, aged 27, is creating the 10 minute video workouts which involve simple movements to improve flexibility.

She said: "It’s important for older people to get regular exercise, especially if they are going to be staying inside for so long,.

"So it’s wonderful to be able to create these simple workouts for the over 70s – I hope lots of people take up the opportunity to stay fit while they stay indoors."

Anyone wanting to access the free workouts should visit Electric Fitness on Facebook – with a dedicated page called Freedom 70s and over workouts – set to be created.

Staffordshire Libraries

Libraries across Staffordshire will stream a children's story for parents on Facebook with children to listen to every afternoon at 3pm.

And on Monday and Thursday, they will stream a full baby bounce and rhyme session at 10am each morning.

A statement said: "We understand many of you are staying home at the moment. Keeping little ones entertained can sometimes be tough.

"Let Staffordshire Libraries support you, and your child, with our digital story times and Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions."

Lichfield support group

More than £1,300 has been raised through a Just Giving appeal to help groups and vulnerable people across the Lichfield district.

Lichfield District Council has set up the measure in a bid to help people – and groups which offer support – amid coronavirus.

Councillor Ashley Yeates, cabinet member for communities and housing, said: “We’ve all been so impressed with the number of people offering to support their local communities who are suffering as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and know that many of our residents want to do more.

"This is why we have set up the Lichfield coronavirus relief fund.

"We’re aiming to raise funds to support people and communities across Lichfield District that have been affected by Covid-19. I’d like to thank everyone who donates to the fund - with your support we will be able to help many more people across the district.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/lichfieldcoronavirus

Hidden Warriors

Stafford-based community interest company Hidden Warriors normally provides support to the partners and children of UK Armed Forces veterans.

But since the Covid-19 pandemic, they have turned their attention to helping the wider community – by providing stationery and books to children in self-isolation and those less fortunate than others since the school closures.

They have already delivered dozens of packages to children in Staffordshire aged between four and nine years old. The stationery and books has been purchased through funds raised on Hidden Warriors' Crowdfunding page.

To contact them, search for 'Hidden Warriors CiC' on Facebook.

Harvey's Autos Garage

Harvey’s Autos Garage in Wolverhampton Road, Stafford is offering key workers a free MOT.

Anyone who works for the emergency services or a supermarket and needs their MOT renewing can take advantage of the offer.

General manager Steve Winterburn said: “We have closed the showroom but still have mechanics here so thought it would be something we can do to help.”

Call the garage on 01785 212888.

Free computers for students

A Staffordshire mobile repair shop is donating about 50 desktop computers to school children who don't have them.

The kind gesture, by Master Mobile in Burntwood, has been done to help children currently out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The business will send the laptops to Chase Terrace Technology College, which will then distribute the equipment among its secondary school pupils.

Master Mobile has sourced and paid for the desktops itself.

The company has encouraged anyone with old computers and laptops to donate them there, so other vulnerable people who need them can get access to computers. All data will be wiped off the machines beforehand.

To donate, email hello@devicemedics.co.uk

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