Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary acts of kindness

It is often the small gestures that we overlook and take for granted and more recently our resolve and resilience has been tested like never before.  

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Cheshire College – South & West have continued to support local businesses and communities surrounding their three Campuses in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Chester.  

Over the past 100 days, staff and learners at the College have gone above and beyond, from volunteering, fundraising and even developing online events for families.  Spirits have remained high and everyone has been committed to helping others. 

Several learners have been developing their creativity skills and thinking of new ways to show thanks to keyworkers.  Amy Heinemann, Art and Design learner at the Crewe Campus, has been baking and hand delivering over 100 cupcakes per week to local NHS Hospitals.  Amy has been funding this herself and experimenting with different techniques, to challenge and showcase her artistic ability.   

Specialist equipment and PPE from various departments has been collated and donated to the NHS, alongside stock from the College’s canteens being donated to charities such as The Port Grocery and The Salvation Army. 

Learners have spent time making wonderful new friends as part of a new pen pal initiative.  Each week, learners have been sending letters and drawings to care homes across Cheshire, sharing hope and happiness, to ensure residents don’t feel lonely and amplifying the need to build connections between different generations, contexts and walks of life.  

The College’s Computing and IT team have been busy developing videos, that can be used to support learners with Visual and Hearing Impairments, ensuring they can continue with teaching, learning and assessment, successfully from home. 

In addition, expert tutors have also spent their free time building weekly resources, to support parents that have been home-schooling.  

It doesn’t stop there!  Staff and learners have also spent copious amounts of time fundraising for the NHS.  Many have set out on walks, runs, cycles and have taken part in national challenges.  Some have even created their own campaigns, to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.  

Dhesi, Principal and CEO, commented, “These are challenging times for everyone. The efforts of colleagues and learners have been a great source of positivity and inspiration during past months.  It is truly amazing to witness the College community come together, showing resourcefulness and commitment in unprecedented circumstances.” 

“Our College is at the heart of three thriving communities.  We continuously strive to make a positive and valued contribution to society, which is why we have and will remain ready to support where appropriate.  One small act of kindness really can release a wonderful chain of positive events.  I couldn’t be prouder of our recent accomplishments.”   

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