Good News Stories – From a Tutors Perspective – Alison Chapman30-April-2020
In these testing times, wonderful stories are emerging from our learners, and tutor Alison Chapman shares some of these with us here.
“We have all become aware that Protective Personal Equipment seems to be in short supply across our NHS, and one learner in Denbigh is making face masks. Many other learners across North Wales are now doing the same - busy making face masks when they have a chance and forwarding them on to be sent to local hospitals not for use there, but for sharing among care workers, key workers, and anyone else who requests them.”
So far, the learners that Alison has been in contact with have made over 100 bags for scrubs. These small bags are used so that the staff can place their scrubs inside the bags which then can be put straight in to the washer where they can be laundered without having to come into contact with them; some learners are actually working on sewing sets of scrubs.
Alison explains, “In a normal year my learners all work towards a project called ‘Quilts for Care Leavers’ – where learners use odds and ends of materials to make quilt squares and then they are sewn together to make quilts, where very often the finished quilts have a colour theme.”
“Similarly,” continues Alison, “a project run by volunteers and supported by local businesses provides a Christmas dinner for young people who are leaving or who’ve left the care system can get together as well as a goody bag etc. The Quilts for Care Leavers are part of this. Each attendee can choose a quilt to take home – which I think is a really lovely project that we should be proud our learners are contributing to.”
“This year in addition to the normal Quilts for Carers efforts, during lockdown learners are working on blocks that we hope to be sewn into quilts which will be suitable either for Quilts for Care Leavers or Quilts for Carers to say ‘thank you’.”
It is truly heart-warming to learn of the efforts and generosity of time and spirit being given over by our learners. And where practical efforts are being made in a physical way, efforts to support those through virtual means are also taking place across the board.
Alison highlights that, “One elderly not very techy learner who is self-isolating and who has embraced the online offer, needed a bit of help downloading the online apps. So her grown up son stood in the garden outside the patio door, talking her through how to download the app by talking through his mobile phone and pointing through the window. Unorthodox it may be, but it worked!”
And that is what is coming through loud and clear, that in times of need, our greater sense of community, resilience, and creativity are coming to the fore and making all of our situations that bit better for it.
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