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Learning disability service supports COVID 19 community initiative

3D printed visors PPE for COVID 19

Challenging times call for innovative solutions, and an Ambient team working in a Learning Disability service in Norfolk have done exactly that, becoming part of a unique community initiative across their village.

Katrina, an Ambient Team Leader, stumbled across a post on the village’s Facebook page about a local high school. The school had been 3D printing protective visors, now essential pieces of equipment in social care settings, and increasingly challenging to get supplies of with such high demand.

Seizing upon the opportunity to have access to a local supply, she contacted the school as soon as she could to ask if they were selling the visors, and if so, for how much.

In the meantime, a local resident in the village and owner of a 3D printer himself, posted on the Facebook page to let others know he was also making protective equipment. Again, Katrina got in touch. She received replies from both, and since then has been given visors free of charge from the gentleman, and only for the cost of materials from the school.

By the end of the week, Katrina’s team will each have their own mask for use should circumstances require them.

This is an incredible story of a community coming together to find solutions. Who’d have known only a few weeks ago that the local school’s 3D printers would be contributing to saving lives and caring for the vulnerable?

Katrina, her team and community have risen to the challenge and found innovative solutions in an uncertain world.

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