Supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic

Staff and students share heart-warming stories of how they are supporting communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

With coronavirus looming over the news, it’s all looking a little bleak out there. We’ve got some lovely inspiring stories to cheer you up about how our staff and learners have been helping support our local community, during lockdown.

Newham College Schools Liaison Officer Natasha Altaf has been spending her evenings and weekends buying and making up food packages for the elderly and vulnerable residents in Newham and surrounding areas. Natasha and her team of friends are currently delivering groceries as well as hot cooked food to residents on a weekly basis, ensuring that they are cared for during this difficult time. As well as delivering to residents in their homes, Natasha is also working with Richard house Hospice to supply food parcels for their residents and their families.

Richard House Volunteer Coordinator Trish McInerney says “I can’t say how grateful we are. The food was amazing and everyone enjoyed it. We are putting together the food items this week. The items Natasha and her team sent are great and will go a long way to help some of our families and vulnerable volunteers. Please say a massive thank you to all your friends for your generosity”.

Wilfride Berry during a shift at NHS Nightingale at the Excel London.
Wilfride Berry during a shift at NHS Nightingale at the Excel London.

Then there’s our very own wonderful key worker Wilfride Berry, who started ESOL ENTRY 3 at our North Woolwich Learning Zone in 2018-19 having arrived from Italy to start a new life in the UK. Wilfride is now working at the NHS Nightingale at the Excel London. He explains his role: “I'm support staff working full time to support NHS Excel London 12 hours a day, 5  or 6 days a week. I am working in several roles; registering names of new staff, printing and scanning staff NHS passes, checking NHS passes and giving directions to staff.”

Finally, teaching staff in our fashion department have using their skills to work with ‘For the Love of Scrubs’, a group set up to help produce scrubs for frontline workers.

These are only a few examples, so watch out for more incredible stories from staff and students showing how Newham College is responding to the coronavirus crisis.

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