Student volunteer carrying two large white boxes, to be donated to local causes.
24 April 2020

#ProudToBeEC – Supporting Our EC Community

We’re extremely proud of how our students and staff have been helping to care for and support the community during these worrying and unprecedented times, while continuing to study and work from home. Here is just a selection of stories about the support our people have been providing to our EC Community.

Donating our PPE equipment

PPE equipment is essential for all NHS and Care sector key workers to help protect themselves and others during the fight against COVID-19. Many of the College’s vocational courses require students to wear PPE when undertaking practical tasks, during campus closures this equipment is no longer required and so the College contacted colleagues at NHS Lothian to see how our stock could help to protect our key workers. The below equipment has been donated to NHS Lothian and The Queen’s Medical Research Institute:

  • Over 1,500 protective face masks
  • Over 3,700 disposable gloves
  • Over 1,000 disposable aprons
  • Over 850 medical wipes
  • Two boxes of surgical scrubs
  • Three rolls of disposable bed covers 
  • 50 self-seal sterilisation pouches 

Theatre Costume students make homemade face masks

Our Theatre Costume students have been busy using their creative talents to make homemade face masks to donate to members of the community to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The masks are to help protect members of the community when they are out for their daily form of exercise or are buying essential food.

Mandy volunteers for Food Train Scotland

Hospitality Curriculum leader Mandy Purdie has been busy volunteering with Food Train Scotland in West Lothian, visiting the supermarket and gathering groceries to be delivered to those who can’t visit the shops on their own.

Donating sanitary products to Edinburgh’s Foodbanks

With the help of Edinburgh College Students’ Asscociation (ECSA), Estates Services Manager Dave Keen donated the College’s stock of sanitary products to local food banks and charities across the city.

The products were delivered to: Edinburgh City Mission; The Trussell Trust North West Foodbank; The Trussell Trust Dalkeith Foodbank and Church; Shakti Women’s Aid and Love Gorgie Farm.

Waterfront Nursery caring for children of key workers

Nursery Manager Vicki Shiels and our Granton Waterfront team are taking care of the children of key workers while they help to keep us safe and well during the coronavirus lockdown. They’ve also been posting Storytime videos on the Nursery’s Facebook Page for children at home to enjoy. We’re very proud of the team’s commitment to supporting key workers and their children during this time.

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