Support for key workers and the local community from recycling firm

ward supports key workers

Midlands-based metal recycling and waste management specialist, Ward, is doing what it can for its local communities and to support key workers. From providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to food bank deliveries and offering discounts on waste services, team WARD has been working to make a bad situation a tiny bit better.

Since 23rd March 2020 when the Government announced an enforced lockdown, the world has been an unusual place. Waste collection and management remains a vital service however, so the team has been operating on a skeleton crew and following social distancing guidelines, while all those who can are working from home to keep essential services running. This hasn’t stopped team WARD communicating with one another though Microsoft Teams and identifying ways to lend their support elsewhere.

One of Ward’s drivers working from their Chesterfield site, Steve Elvin, mentioned his fiancé was having trouble accessing PPE in her NHS role. Ward has donated spare protective eyewear and have ordered in many more boxes to be delivered to Derby Royal Hospital, to help protect frontline NHS staff.

Long-time supporters of Arena Church and community project in Ilkeston, Ward Director Dennis Bell has been making regular deposits at the food bank to support vulnerable people in accessing supplies. Taking almost daily trips to the cash and carry, Dennis has been delivering fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, milk and other store cupboard essentials to the Arena Food bank at Belfield Street in Ilkeston.

Arena support over 5,000 people per month through its business partnerships, community buildings and charity shops, with more than 5,200 meals served though its food bank. Ward has also signed up to support Arena’s Vision Need 2020 project, pledging a monthly donation to help the charity achieve its ambitions to support more local people.

Operations Director at Ward, Donald Ward, said: “Everyone is facing extremely challenging times at the moment in one form or another. We always do what we can to support charities and local causes, so we wanted to try and make things a tiny bit easier where we could help.

“Although it is not a priority right now, we are also offering NHS workers 10% off skip hire services, so when they need a hand, it will be there. We are sourcing PPE from where we can to donate to the hospital and are looking into how our waste management services can help support local authorities. If everyone does what they can, it all helps to get us through these difficult times.”

To support or request donations of PPE equipment, contact [email protected].

To access discount on skip hire services visit enter NHS2020 on check out to receive 10% off your booking. You will need to email verification of your NHS ID on confirmation of booking.