If the current pandemic has shown us anything, it’s been the strength and compassion of people, businesses and communities, and people’s willingness to help and support one another.
Over the past few months, Nottingham College staff and students have been doing just that, through a number of fundraisers and volunteering activities.
Kirpal Kaur, is usually out in the community teaching sewing and dressmaking as part of the College’s part-time adult community courses. During lockdown she’s been putting her skills to great use, with the help of her former students, who together have been busy making hundreds of scrub kits and masks for Nottingham’s ‘For The Love of Scrubs’ volunteer group.
The Nottingham chapter of the national ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ movement began nine weeks ago and now has 1700+ members, raised £5,500 and donated more than 20,000 items to the NHS, frontline and key workers.
Kirpal works in venues across Nottingham, teaching sewing for beginners, improver and advance; dressmaking (including pattern-making to your own personal measurements and alterations), and Level 3 Tailoring.
When the lockdown happened, I started to teach from home, encouraging students to start making masks for their families, and that's when some of my students told me about ‘For the Love of Scrubs.’
The students and I are currently making masks for local communities and places of worship, which reopened recently. I felt it was important to engage with our students and keep their morale up by encouraging them to get involved.
I’m really proud of what we’ve all achieved and I hope it’s made a difference.- Kirpal