Colleges Step Up to Support Local Communities

From the weekly ‘Clap for Our Carers’ campaign, to stories of neighbourhoods pulling together to support their most vulnerable residents, there are so many examples of people coming together to face the challenges of the Coronavirus outbreak – and when it comes to the spirit of togetherness, FE is no exception. There have been countless examples of colleges and learners coming together to support their communities and the NHS. Read on for a few of our favourite stories.


Engineering departments 

With classrooms closed, college engineering teams are instead using their workshops to create Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS trusts, healthcare providers and council services.

Colleges including Harlow College (pictured below), Northampton College and Heart of Worcestershire College are working hard to help key workers safe.

     Harlow College boxes up PPE for local NHS trust and councils


PPE Donations

Other colleges including Tresham College, Newcastle College and Peterborough Regional College have been busy donating their PPE supplies to local NHS Trusts:

Tresham College

Peterborough Regional College

PPE supplies from Peterborough Regional Colleges ready to be delivered to local key workers


College Car Parks Host Testing Stations

A number of colleges, including Hopwood Hall, Preston’s College and Central Bedfordshire College have transformed their car parks into coronavirus testing centres for NHS and care centre workers.

London South East College has made the car park at their Bromley campus available for NHS and military ambulances, with between 40 – 80 vehicles stationed at the site.

Read more about this work on the FE Week website.


Feeding our key workers

College catering departments, including Windsor Forest Colleges Group (pictured below) have also been getting involved, with many using their onsite restaurants to prepare meals for key workers, and those in their communities who are vulnerable or self-isolating.




Colleges across the UK have also come together to raise money for local food banks. The campaign even got a twitter mention from Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith!

Read more (and find out how your college can get involved) on the FE Week website.


Students share their support

Newham College student Joe has created a video of his street showing their support for the #ClapForCarers campaign

Media make-up students at Cambridge Regional College have also been showing their support by creating rainbows on their faces!

CRC media make-up students showing their support for the NHS rainbow campaign


Keep Calm and Crochet

A tutor at Milton Keynes College has been using her free time to crochet Frontline Bears, which will be auctioned for NHS Charities!


Is your college helping to support the fight against coronavirus?

Send us a tweet @Mindful_Edu_UK to let us know!

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