Uxbridge College has continued to support its students and local communities in diverse and innovative ways as our country continues to respond to the challenges of the coronavirus.
Between official activity and individual volunteering efforts, the college has been supporting health workers, coronavirus sufferers and other members of the community affected by the outbreak whilst ensuring it provides maximum opportunities for students through creative adaptations.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Group Principal of Uxbridge College and HCUC, said: I continue to be humbled by the sheer commitment and innovation of staff and students in continuing to support their communities and keep learning on track in the face of so much challenge and change. Like individuals, families and organisations across the globe, the college and its students and staff have been seriously impacted by the Coronavirus in so many ways – yes this has brought out the best in many. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their continuing efforts.
Activities for the community have included:
Fashion Technician Marie Emerson and Creative Studies Attendance Coordinator Sue Reeve, have been making scrubs, masks, hats and bags for NHS staff mainly at Watford General and Northwick Park hospitals, local care homes and Bluebird Care over the last ten weeks.
Harpal Lehal, Head of Apprenticeships and Skills for West Met Skills, the Employer Services arm of HCUC, has joined her daughter, Carmel, and others in collecting material and sewing 200+ scrubs bags for NHS workers as part of the national For the Love of Scrubs campaign through the Hillingdon Work Group.
In response to an SOS call from Age UK HHB (Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent) the college has provided overshoes, face masks, hand sanitiser, aprons and gloves. The PPE items will be used by home visiting teams, community physios and office staff on rotas all involved in the charity’s work to support elderly people. The items would normally have been used by the college’s Health and Social Care students.
Students and work-based learners such as Apprentices have also continued to learn and serve the community in a variety of ways, including:
Dental Nursing Apprentice, Saranjeet Kaur Soni, who was selected to continue work on the frontline as her dental practice, The White House Dental Practice in Southall, remained open as a central hub for referrals from other practices for emergency treatments such as extractions.
West Met Skills has continued to maintain 654 live Apprentices on their books with assessments and interviews being carried out remotely including through Zoom video link.
Across the college all areas have continued to provide high quality teaching and learning for students, adapting to the challenges of learning at home.