In a bid to support the local community, technicians at Canterbury’s University of Kent found a new way to put their printers to good use, and support the community through the pandemic.

The University of Kent Technicians have been putting their 3D printing technology at the University to good use, printing prototype face shields. Keen to do their bit in a crisis, colleagues from Kent’s School of Computing, School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) collaborated to design and supply PPE to charitable organisations in need.

With obtaining appropriate PPE proving to be an ongoing battle for the social care sector, the team at Rapport Housing & Care, a not for profit organisation providing care to older people, were delighted when representatives reached out. The university offered as many face shields as needed for staff working on the frontline to support the most vulnerable of our communities, which have now been delivered and are being used by the staff in care homes across the county.

Jill Redman, Head of Care at Rapport Housing & Care said: “On behalf of our team of staff across all our services, I’d like to say a big thank you to the University of Kent for kindly donating the face shields.

“They have made such a positive impact for the morale of our staff and wellbeing of residents, ensuring we are able to continue with confidence, providing care and support in a safe manner within our organisation.”