Welsh college supporting key workers benefit from emergency funding

Staff at St David’s Catholic Sixth Form College, Cardiff are supporting key workers during the coronavirus pandemic. College Staff have been using every spare moment they have to print facemasks for NHS workers, using their 3D printers and laser cutters. The College accepts requests for masks and prepares them free of charge. All costs had been coming out of the College’s own pocket until they set up their own Go Fund Me page, which has had a great response.

So far, the College has provided over 2000 protective visors, along with £7000 being raised to support and fund PPE for key workers in South Wales. With additional funding, they have also been able to reach out to the vulnerable in their community through supporting the local food bank and purchasing electronics to enable the vulnerable to stay in touch with their loved ones whilst they are in hospital.

Legal & General have provided a donation to St David’s from the recently launched community fund. The community fund provides donations to small charities and voluntary organisations supporting vulnerable people during the Covid–19 crisis.

Staff at the College have been making sure the masks are printed and delivered as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. Staff members have been going the extra mile by delivering food parcels and medicine alongside the PPE equipment.

The great work demonstrated by St David’s College begun when staff donated the College’s science goggles to the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Since that happened, over 2000 visors have been donated to 83 locations and 1000 shower caps have been donated to the University Hospital of Wales, Critical Care Unit. Thermometers have been given to care homes to ensure they can monitor the symptoms of their residents, and over 350 surgical masks and 2000 disposable gloves have been distributed.

The money to fund all the donations has been provided by staff, students, parents and the local community. Alongside the visors, the College has also donated Fire HD tablets to health wards across Wales, to allow patients to communicate with their loved ones and for maternity services to carry out virtual appointments.

The work done by St. David's has been featured on on WalesOnline, Cardiff Times and CollegesWales. You can keep up to date by following the College social media. There is also a dedicated Facebook group that you can access through the St David’s Facebook page. 

More recently they printed child friendly headbands for some of their visors so they look less scary to children, which I found particularly heart-warming. Their thoughtfulness seems to know no bounds when it comes to this crisis, the little things are really being considered – it’s really awesome they have been picked for this funding.

Nichola Westerberg


St David's Catholic College

St David's enjoys a unique position in educational terms as it's the only Catholic sixth form college in Wales. It was founded by the Archdiocese of Cardiff to be a place where faith is respected and encouraged, a deeply human place where people find understanding and friendship.

Although admissions priority is given to students from our four Catholic partner schools, we welcome students of other faiths and backgrounds. Whoever you are, and whatever it is that makes you unique in the sight of God, we will value that uniqueness at St David's.

We are very proud of our reputation for academic excellence, in 2019 28.3% of students achieved grade ‘A*’ or 'A' at A-Level and 405 students progressed to University - of which 40% went to Russell Group Universities.

To find out more, visit their website here

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