Students and staff at Buxton & Leek College have been supporting their local communities during the Covid-19 outbreak through utilising the skills and knowledge they’ve gained through their college programme.
Here are just some of the ways that students have been putting their knowledge, skills and experience to use during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Health and Social Care students are working on the front-line of the pandemic, helping save lives in care homes, the NHS and the emergency services
- Childcare and Education apprentices are caring for children of keyworkers in nurseries and schools
- Students have raised a considerable amount for local and national charities – money which will now be crucial for those charities to continue to support those in need during this time
- Level 3 Spa student Gill, recently set up the Whaley Bridge Covid-19 Business Info & Support Group on Facebook; helping connect vulnerable people within her community during this difficult time
- Outdoor Sports student Reece used his skills to make a rope swing for a disabled child in his area to help him adapt to self-isolating
- Hair and Beauty Students have been assisting older members of their community with collecting shopping, prescriptions and relaying local business opening times.
- A devoted team of staff have been on site supporting our most vulnerable learners whose parents are key workers
- Learning for Living & Work students have been building their skills at home through supporting parents and families in daily life.
- Our apprenticeships team are offering their expertise and advise to local employers and apprentices to support businesses who have been impacted by Coronavirus through a drop-in phone clinic
Tina Lancaster, Buxton & Leek College Operations Manager, said: “Whether it’s through working on the front-line, offering support to a neighbour or simply remaining committed to their studies despite changes to the way their programme is delivered; we’re so incredibly proud of all of our students who have demonstrated resilience, dedication and community spirit during this time.”
Buxton & Leek College is also running a number of online courses that people can complete from the comfort of their own home – including young people’s mental health, autism awareness, sign language, allergy awareness and contact dermatitis.