We are a team of UK volunteers who are connected to community-driven and commercial production of personal protective equipment (PPE) across the country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are familiar with this area and would like to join us or contribute content, please get in touch.
The core team met through the UK Distribution project at HelpfulEngineering and currently includes:
- Cat Fitzpatrick
- Laura James
- Mark Mellors
- Tom Russell
- Sadaf Uddin
Between us, we are in regular communication with a range of communities, manufacturers and groups, including:
- The SHIELD collaborative
- Covisor Cornwall
- DoES Liverpool
- Makespace Cambridge
Our primary goal is to help appropriate protective equipment reach those in the UK in greatest need during the covid-19 pandemic. To do this, we are:
- publishing an impartial, UK-focussed knowledge base to build a common understanding of the situation
- providing individual support to anyone who is not sure where to start looking, has specific questions or would like to talk through their options
As of May 2020, there appears to be demand for protective equipment that is not being met through conventional channels. Our initial focus for the knowledge base is face shields—we will expand our content to stay relevant as the situation evolves.