September 29th, 2016

South west Brum bus driver wins award for helping homeless

South west Brum bus driver wins award for helping homeless South west Brum bus driver wins award for helping homeless
Glenn Coltman could be in line for a national award for helping the homeless. Picture by Shaun Fellows of Shine Pix
Updated: 12:57 am, Apr 09, 2016
A SOUTH west Birmingham bus driver has been nominated for a national award for helping the homeless.
Glenn Coltman sprung into action after seeing increasing numbers of homeless people on the routes he drives – 2 and 3 to Yardley Wood, Sparkbrook, Shirley and Birmingham City Centre.
He uses a website at the end of each of his shifts to tell the relevant authorities where the homeless people are.
StreetLink, which covers England and Wales, enables homeless people to be located so they can be offered the help they need.
Glenn, who has driven National Express buses since 2006, also encourages other drivers to use StreetLink as he does.
His actions won him a National Express Community Values award for Personal Impact at the West Midlands bus conference in February and he has been selected to go forward to the global National Express finals in London later this month.
Helen Mathie, head of policy at Homeless Link, which manages the Streetlink in partnership with St Mungos, said the team was delighted Mr Coltman had been nominated for this award, adding the actions he and other Streetlink users took went a long way to helping homeless people off the streets for good.
She wished him the best of luck for the final.
Debbie Wosley, Birmingham operations manager at National Express said the company was proud to have someone so passionate representing the West Midlands at the operator’s global awards.
“Glenn’s commitment to go above and beyond in his driver role is very commendable,” she added.

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