18 May 2020
The schools of Stour Vale Academy Trust are reaching out to support the Black Country community.
The schools may be closed, but rather than stepping back, the staff and pupils have stepped up to help the local community. Staff noticed a real need for PPE in the NHS and local care homes, so DT teachers and volunteer teams of staff, technicians and students from across the schools stepped in to manufacture visors, scrubs and face masks. So far they have produced over 1,000 face shields which have been donated to local hospitals and care homes.
The younger primary school children are also helping out, designing cards and writing messages of encouragement to local care homes. This show of cross-generational support has been really appreciated at a time when many elderly residents are feeling isolated by lockdown.
"I've been so impressed by the response that staff, children and families have been having," said Steve Dunster, CEO of the Stour Vale Academy Trust.
"We want to come out the other side of this feeling we are able to support one another better. We want to be a kinder, stronger and more caring community."
The school community have really been putting that ethos into action, and their acts of care and kindness have been felt across the Black Country.