College staff rally to help their local communities

Published: April 21, 2020

Telford College staff are rallying round to support their local communities through the Covid-19 crisis.

Kim Scott-Webster, Louisa Maddock, and Lynn Hughes from the employer engagement team are among the latest to get involved, alongside Kelly Radford from the quality and exams area, and industry placement lead Lois Breen.

Kim explained: “I always volunteer by grass cutting at my church, St Catherine’s at Eyton, but in these difficult times I have also been working with fellow parishioners, ensuring those more vulnerable in our congregation get regular calls.

“Where shopping has been required, I am now supporting several individuals with this on a Tuesday. The group know if they get the shopping lists to me by Monday night, I will shop and drop things off.”

Kelly has set up a JustGiving page to help her uncle’s animal park in the grounds of Apley Farm Shop, between Telford and Bridgnorth. The aim is to raise £7,500 to keep the animals fed during the shutdown.

The fundraising page, which is already well over half way to its target, can be found at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/scottysdonkeys.

Kelly said: “We had all the floods beforehand, and followed by Covid-19 it has left him struggling. My poor uncle and auntie are trying to do everything for the animals.

“As well as the JustGiving page, I’ve also contacted local supermarkets who have been willing to donate fruit and vegetables for the animals.”

Lynn, meanwhile, is now registered as a volunteer with her local doctor’s surgery and chemist, and is helping out with prescription collection and delivery for residents in the Newport and Church Aston areas.

And Louisa, also based in Newport, is a brownie leader in the town and trying to keep what she describes as ‘a form of normality for young people in such a difficult time’.

Some of the donkeys at the animal park owned by Kelly Radford’s uncle, between Telford and Bridgnorth

Some of the donkeys at the animal park owned by Kelly Radford’s uncle, between Telford and Bridgnorth

She said: “We have moved to virtual weekly meetings on zoom so that the girls can stay safe and connected, while also working on badges and activities together as well as practicing our girl guiding songs and history – like we normally would within the unit meetings.

“We are also setting Covid-19 theme activities such as posters, plays and games about staying safe.”

In addition to contacting Telford College students and company providers, tutors and parents on a daily basis with information and guidance, Lois is ordering and delivering weekly fresh fruit and vegetables to four vulnerable neighbours.

“I’m also cooking fresh meals for friends who are self-employed, and finding themselves financially challenged,” she said.