Lock down has meant that our Innovation Centre staff have been unable to work on their regular projects so they have used their skills and equipment to produce face visors to help others. Over the past couple of months the team have made 5000 visors for nursing homes, businesses and schools in the Swansea and Carmarthen areas.
The team, led by Dr Ross Head, have been working long hours laser cutting and assembling these vital face visors to help address any gaps in the supply of PPE. Their latest project has been to supply schools with child friendly face visors.
Dr Head said: “I have been really happy to be involved in making visors to help the care sector, businesses and schools. It has helped give people confidence in returning to work and it has been great to be doing something that makes a difference to people’s lives. With great thanks to my small but dedicated team who have made this possible, and especially to Brogan Evans who designed the beautiful graphics to make child friendly visors, which should be much less intimidating to children as they begin to venture out.”
The child-friendly visors have been delivered to Dunvant, Cila, Waunarlwydd and Bishopston primaries, as well as Bishop Gore and Pentrehafod Comprehensives and feature artwork by former UWTSD Graphic Design student Brogan Evans. The team is also planning to send 600 visors to Carmarthen to help businesses plan for re-opening.
Brogan said: “It was such a pleasure to be asked to help the wonderful team at UWTSD. They are doing such a kind, selfless task and I am just thrilled I could help. I have been so grateful watching the key workers work tirelessly to help everybody for months and as a designer / illustrator I have felt a bit useless sat in my studio. I feel very lucky that I have been able to help make important protective equipment a little less scary for young children.”
CIC have been working in partnership with the team at the University of Wales Trinity St David Swansea College of Art, using their equipment and volunteer staff.