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Special Recognition to our COVID-19 Heroes

Brave student begins work at care home

Sally

Access to Health Professions student, Sally Kargbo, has bravely started working this week in the middle of the pandemic in a care home. Sally first joined us to study Level 2 Health and Social care, and progressed to the access course.

She said - "It has been an exciting experience working for the past two days at BondCare residential home, although I have worked in different residential homes before, it is an honour to be able to help vulnerable adults at this time."

Sally is an inspiration to us all in these difficult times

Amazing Health and Social Care SCM worked at NHS Nightingale

Our amazing Senior Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care at Tower Hamlets Campus, Vic Corcoran, worked at NHS Nightingale. She's worked at Tower Hamlets for 8 years, first as a teacher before becoming a Senior Curriculum Manager, however, she worked for many years as an NHS nurse before taking up teaching.

When the effects of COVID-19 started taking effect, Vic volunteered in the evenings and weekends at her local hospital as well as still working for New City College. When the increased need for NHS staff became apparent, as well as the need for the NHS Nightingale, she signed up to work there.

Group Curriculum Director of Health Sciences, Social Care & Early Years, Sue Clark, said:

"All her colleagues across my directorate are extremely proud of her bravery for working on the front line"

Everyone at New City College would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Vic for her dedication to helping our Country.

Our Healthcare apprentices are fully immersed in supporting NHS patients

Our Healthcare apprentices have been doing us extremely proud as they continue their work for the NHS on the frontline, supporting nurses caring for effected individuals.

Blossom Ibeawuchi, Healthcare assistant at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Woolwich, has said about her recent experience working for the NHS– “In the heat of action on the respiratory ward. Not easy at all. Still doing 12 and half hour shifts but the uncertainty of the moment coupled with the grim reality on the ground is overwhelming. I’m approaching the end of my Senior Healthcare Support Worker apprenticeship programme and hope to be able to complete it on time”

Katrina Moore, another star apprentice working at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital, said - “I work on ITU/HDU at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital Woolwich and continue to support my colleagues in these sad and extremely busy times. My role is to help the nurses with their patients by keeping the unit well stocked, clean and tidy - as more patients come in, there is less space and increased equipment, so this is vital to optimise space. I have been doing extra shifts when I can which is hard being a single mum of four. Due to the current strain on the NHS, I am not able to have the usual 20% off the job, my EPA is fast approaching and I hope I am able to complete it.”

New City College staff working with local organisations to support the community and front-line services

The college has donated significant stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) from its Science, Health & Social Care, and Construction departments, with College staff making personal deliveries to their local hospitals.

This includes:

  • * Hundreds of safety goggles to Newham Hospital
  • * Head caps, gloves, shoulder covers, goggles, aprons and gloves donated to St John's Ambulance for distribution to the NHS
  • * Over 100 boxes of disposable gloves and safety goggles to Community First Responders, a volunteer rapid response support for the London Ambulance Service
  • * Varied PPE to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Trust Hospital Volunteer Service which supports Queen's and King George's Hospitals

Furthermore, Havering Campus staff are playing their part by making PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) face visor masks and sewing scrubs to protect doctors, nurses and key workers.

Staff have been using a 3D laser printer in the technology workshop to cut and then hand assemble 300 visors. These will be distributed to hospitals and care homes – some where our students are on work placements – to help with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other staff are helping to sew surgical scrubs at home are all busy at their sewing machines in a bid to provide much-needed scrubs for hospital workers. knitting pairs of hearts for Intensive Care patients - one stays with the patient, the other stays with the family.

This is an unprecedented situation, which has presented challenges across all areas of life. New City College has stepped up to the challenge and will continue to do so, to support a positive future for its students and the wider local community.

Tower Hamlets campus becomes emergency foodbank

Part of the New City College Poplar campus has been transformed into an emergency storage and packing area for three local food banks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Co-ordinated by LBTH with First Love Foundation, and support from Mulberry School for Girls and Bow Foodbank, the food is being packed on campus by volunteers (of course wearing safety gear and keeping their 2m social distance at all times). Boxes will then be distributed through three local foodbanks.

Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs, recently visited the Poplar campus food distribution hub. Those volunteering include the Mayor, coordinators and staff from the council who have been transferred from a number of departments to work on the hub.

The deliveries are continuously increasing and now include fresh food deliveries from Felix project, Fairshare and City Harvest.

This is one of many ways in which the College has immediately responded to community need, with the help of all the amazing volunteers.

Staff member volunteers for local charity

Stephan Brayshaw

Stephan Brayshaw, Deputy Group Curriculum Director for Construction & Motor Vehicle, and his husband Phil have been volunteering with Bonny Downs Community Association. The community led charity have organised an Emergency response to help manage the challenges people are facing due to COVID-19.

At the heart of the response, they are making up emergency relief packs of food and other household essentials and, together with teams of volunteers, delivering them to individuals who are vulnerable and self-isolating across the London Borough of Newham.

Steve and Phil are using ‘Betty the campervan’ to deliver big trays of food easily to local people every Tuesdays and Thursdays

Former NCC engineering apprentice creates ‘door puller’ for NHS staff safety

Elliot Dervish, a former Engineering apprentice at NCC Havering, has designed a puller to be produced on 3D printers - for hospital staff to avoid touching door handles.

He agreed production method and processes with Sunny Bamra, Deputy Curriculum Director for the Automotive & Engineering department at New City College Havering and staff across the college have been using our 3D printers for Elliot to then distribute locally.

Elliot has since received demand for 6,000 products, and pullers have so far been delivered to a number of care homes.

All thanks to the IT, Estates and Engineering teams at NCC - and their star ex-apprentice Elliot!

Special Thanks

A huge thanks to College Counsellor, Evelyn Manful, for agreeing to work an extra day a week onsite. This means we are able to donate a day of counselling each week to Kings College Hospital maternity department, for telephone counselling for their staff.

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