The College has been approached by local hospitals such as Cedar House Hospital to provide any resources that could be useful. The Estates and Housekeeping departments were happy to provide electronic hand sanitizers, waste disposal bags, gloves, soap and P2 dust masks.
Departments from across our EKC Group of Colleges remain at the heart of the communities we serve and have played their own role in assisting in the battle against coronavirus.
The Science, Visual Arts and Engineering departments at Canterbury College have offered up their resources to provide for the local community’s needs. They have supplied over 6000 pairs of gloves to local services and have also provided their laboratory safety goggles for key workers.
Maggie Rickerby, Head of Science at Canterbury College, said: “In these very uncertain times we were very pleased to donate some PPE for distribution amongst healthcare workers. We are immensely grateful for the hard work carried out by our key workers and hope that our contribution can help to make a difference. Many of our students are also making significant contributions by delivering food and medicines to those most in need. However, we can all make the most important contribution by staying indoors, no matter how the great temptation to leave.”
Karen Socci, Access to HE Programme Leader and Health Studies tutor has previously worked as a qualified Pharmacy Technician, so she has also offered her expertise and services for a crucial role at this difficult time.
Furthermore, several students who are currently studying HE Programmes at Canterbury College, work as Health Care Assistants and are going above and beyond and are working tirelessly to support the NHS, whilst other students are volunteering their time in patient transport services.
Lucy McLeod, Principal of Canterbury College said “In these extremely challenging times I am immensely proud to see my students and staff pulling together to help the community wherever it can.”
Members of staff that are wanting to sign up to the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme, are able to do so with full support of Graham Razey, Chief Executive Officer of EKC Group. If they are well and able, staff have been encouraged to support their local communities by carrying out, non-medical tasks for the NHS to support those that have been asked to shield themselves because of underlying health conditions.
Activities could include anything from transporting equipment and supplies, or even making regular phone calls to check on those people who are currently isolating at home.
With uncertain times ahead, it remains Canterbury College’s vision to be at the heart of the community, and to strengthen the communities that we serve.