Registered paramedics in the region are being asked to return to work to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
West Midlands Ambulance Service is asking any who may have retired in the last two years, any who are working privately, or who may have been on a career break, to get in touch.
WMAS has already recruited a number of former staff and is promoting hundreds of medical students to help as well.
Volunteers provide pen pals and transport services
Earlier, we told you about Amanda Lowe's campaign to get volunteers to help with sewing scrubs and wash bags for NHS staff.
Elsewhere, people have been telling BBC local radio about how they are trying to Make a Difference:
Charity Omega, based in Shrewsbury, is asking for donations of stamps and envelopes to help its pen pal programme. Anyone who can help should post them to Omega, London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury SY1 1TX.
The Portland Inn Project, in Stoke-on-Trent, has created weekly craft and activity packs for kids and families.
Renishaw, in Wotton-under-Edge, is part of a group of businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors to come together to work on the project.
Companies in the consortium have now received formal orders from the government for more than 10,000 ventilators and production will start this week.
Renishaw, which also has sites in Stone, Staffordshire and Miskin, Wales, is part of the The VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium, which also includes Airbus, Rolls Royce and several UK-based Formula One teams.
“I am proud that Renishaw is part of a consortium that will be supplying ventilators to the UK’s National Health Service as part of a global effort to increase the supply of this vital equipment," said its chief executive Will Lee.
Children are enjoying their last day at school for the foreseeable future and if they close until September, some may not return to the same one.
Nicholas CE First School in Codsall, South Staffordshire, pupils were told they did not need to wear uniform and were encouraged to dress in bright colours.
Head teacher Jodie Parker said: "Our children are being brave and positive about the thought of remote learning and the school is looking at how it can maintain good communication and contact with the community during this time apart."
Miss Parker said staff felt "naturally sad" that today may be the last day for some but that they would be invited to a school reunion in September.
JCB worker tests positive in 'worrying development'
Construction company JCB has confirmed one of its
UK-based employees has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently being treated in
In an email to all staff the Staffordshire-based company's CEO, Graeme Macdonald, described it as a "worrying development".
He said all necessary steps are being taken to provide support to those who worked closely with the individual concerned.
A Rocester-based JCB employee has contracted coronavirus and is currently being cared for in hospital. This is obviously very difficult news for the employee and family and friends. Following the press conference chaired by the Prime Minister yesterday, JCB is assessing how it might best respond to the new guidance, particularly in relation to home working.
A man has been charged with sexual offences against women and girls.
Wesley Streete, of no fixed address, appeared at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Saturday charged with the rape of a child, rape of a woman, sexual activity with a girl and three counts of sexual assault.
He's next due to appear at Stafford Crown Court on 17 April.
Coronavirus: Online communities helping each other
Online community groups have been set up across the West Midlands to help look after the vulnerable and those self-isolating because of coronavirus.
People who contact the group will be put in contact with someone who can help with food shopping, picking up prescriptions, or even take a dog for a walk.
Anna Vickerstaff, one of the coordinators of the national network said: “Groups are being set up and run entirely by volunteers - and our hope is that they can help to make sure people who need support get it."
"We want to make sure that no one in our communities is being left to face this crisis alone, and because we want to try and redress some of the serious inequalities this outbreak will expose."
Staffordshire's first cases of Coronavirus Covid-19 have been confirmed this afternoon by Public Health England (PHE) and Staffordshire County Council.
Two residents are infected although the authorities haven't revealed how they got the virus.
PHE says it's contacted people who've been in close contact with the pair and adds "there is no significant risk to anyone else".
Philip Atkins, leader of the local authority, said: “As
a county council we are working closely with our partners to monitor and manage
any emerging risk and are encouraging everyone to play their part by following
NHS advice to help reduce the risk of spreading where possible."
Adding for the majority of residents it was "business as usual", Richard Harling, the council’s director of health and care, said: "These new
cases of coronavirus are nothing unexpected. We fully anticipate an increase in
numbers which is why our services have planned for, and are ready, for this