Coronavirus: 10 great ways colleges are reaching out

From raising money for food banks to cooking for the vulnerable and donating PPE to hospitals, colleges are supporting their communities

Kate Parker

Colleges: 10 ways they've helped their communities this week

College buildings may be closed for face-to-face teaching, but lecturers and students are busier than ever with lessons online, working towards their qualifications and supporting their local communities.

London and South East Education Group is hoping to raise £20,000 to support food banks in the London boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich. So far they’ve raised over £4,000. 

The RNN group has put together a "happiest hits playlist" for staff and students, featuring Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk, Kenny Loggins' Footloose and of course, Hakuna Matata from The Lion King. 

Joe Gaughan, a business student at Newham College, produced a video of his street showing support for each other, the NHS and other key workers.  

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Supporting communities

At Harlow College, the engineering department has been supporting their local hospital by manufacturing protective visors and donating over 10,000 items of PPE. 

Peterborough Regional College also donated all of their PPE to their local hospital.

Barnsley College are providing their students with virtual "cultural capital trips", which have seen students watch everything from a live performance of Valery Gergiev conducting Szymanowski and Brahms by the London Symphony Orchestra to a glimpse of the styles worn by Marie Antoinette and how the legacy they left still inspires fashion designers today.

At Weston College, one health and social care lecturer has shared her top tips for teaching remotely.

Media students at Cambridge Regional College have been developing their skills in body painting by creating rainbows of hope for everyone. 

Leeds City College started #ThankYouThursday and called on students to tweet thanks to anyone who made a positive impact on them this week. 

And in the kitchens of Windsor Forest Colleges, volunteers have been busy preparing food for those who are vulnerable or self-isolating. 


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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a FE reporter.

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