During the pandemic, your HE President (2019/20) and her family have been making adjustable face mask bands and donating them to the NHS in their local area.
"We are doing it because we feel like there is nothing we can do to help the fight against Covid-19 apart from staying at home so we wanted to bring a bit of comfort to those who are working on the front line."
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Students from Blackpool and The Fylde College's Seasiders Learning Centre have come from all over the world to live in Blackpool.
Since the coronavirus outbreak forced everyone into lockdown and replaced face-to-face teaching with remote learning, Seasiders students working towards English as a Second Language (ESOL) qualifications have been making full use of available technology to keep spirits high and ensure their peers are staying the course (supported of course by tutors providing regular check-ins and study sessions).
While many people in the Seasiders community are permanently based in Blackpool, for others the tough restrictions on movement imposed both here and abroad have made life an even bigger challenge.
“But they have risen to it,” says Seasiders’ Mary Roberts, “without neglecting their studies." She goes on: “We have one student who went to visit family in Greece and is now stuck there but has still managed to continue their classes through access to Microsoft Teams (the communications platform used by the College to deliver online teaching)."
Musical Theatre student Amy had been working hard for weeks on a dance performance requiring intricate choreography. And then lockdown happened. That’s when the real drama began.
Amy considered her options. The show must go on, she decided.
Amy adapted her plans and assembled her ensemble section for a production like no other. Trapped Confined to their homes, artists would perform miracles – using the video conferencing service Zoom to bring everyone together.