Eighteen-year-old Kazki is a student at the school in Ramsgate and was in his last year of A level studies when the government’s Covid-19 restrictions were imposed. Several design and technology teachers at his school launched the visor initiative to manufacture personal protection equipment used by staff in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, hospices and care homes. Kazki and the rest of the volunteers are now making up to 1,000 visors a day in the design and technology buildings at the school. To date, they have produced almost 9,500 items.
Kazki completed National Citizen Service (NCS) in the summer of 2018, undertaking social action projects to aid his local community. The conscientious teen has now jumped at the chance to once again put his spare time to good use for the benefit of others. NCS is the UK’s leading youth empowerment programme and is delivered across Kent by Ingeus in conjunction with local partners.
“I wanted to do something to help the NHS and it is just great to feel that I am contributing to my community again,” said Kazki who lives with his family in Ramsgate. “We have been raising funds through our gofundme page and have also received donated supplies of plastic sheets and ties that have been really useful. We have set up a production line and we are maintaining the required two metre distance rule as well as wearing masks and using hand sanitiser every hour.
“The teachers are using the machines to cut the plastic and we have been helping with the visor assembly. Some days I am attaching the ties that go around the wearer’s head or the plastic strips to the front of the visors. This is such a difficult time for everyone, it’s good to be doing something proactive.”
Through NCS, Kazki has been active with social action projects in the past. He helped raise funds for a charity supporting the victims of domestic violence and later became involved in a project that created opportunities for young people to put questions to local politicians.
“NCS was certainly a unique opportunity for me to try different activities and meet new people,” added Kazki. “It’s standing me in good stead now. The experience certainly helps you to develop your self-confidence, which is always going to be useful as you progress in life.”
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