Supporting the fight against COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an unprecedented global impact. Protecting the safety and health of our colleagues, families and communities is our priority.
- We’re keeping our employees up-to-date with the latest guidance on safe working. We are taking all necessary steps to protect our employees, their families and communities by offering 24/7 support.
- We have offered resources and expertise to the UK government.
- Our employees have volunteered in their local communities, donated supplies and produced 3D-printed items for the NHS.
- We’ve supported reservist colleagues called up to serve in the Armed Forces. Some of our team have been deployed to get medical equipment, staff and patients to where they are needed most.
A partner in the UK’s response
Over recent months, Boeing teams across the UK have operated alongside the Armed Forces in the key role they have played to support the UK government’s COVID-19 response:
- The Chinook Force, a multi-role helicopter fleet based at RAF Odiham, moved supplies and people across the UK, and acted as an air ambulance to bring patients to NHS Nightingale hospitals.
- The RAF Odiham Chinook Support Centre, a joint RAF and Boeing team, produced 3D-printed clips that made personal protective equipment (PPE) more comfortable for NHS workers.
- The C-17 fleet at RAF Brize Norton played a critical role in carrying out strategic aeromedical and pre-emptive repatriation, including transporting 16 pallets of PPE to frontline NHS staff.
- The Portal, Boeing’s state-of-the-art analysis, experimentation and engagement facility in Hampshire, was offered for mathematical modelling and data analysis.
Working with our community
Some of our charity and not for profit partners have adapted Boeing-funded programmes to continue to provide community services during this crisis.
SSAFA is using the Boeing Emergency Fund to help with urgent relief from debt, mobility aids and food vouchers. SSAFA’s mentoring programme is supporting service leavers whose employment has been directly affected by COVID-19.
The Open University’s Coronavirus information page is a hub for all the latest OU news, mental health and wellbeing resources, free study courses and continuing student updates. The Boeing-supported OU Disabled Veterans Scholarship programme is accepting applications, and the OU is producing much-needed hand sanitiser for healthcare professionals in Milton Keynes.
The Prince’s Trust continues provide nationwide services to develop the confidence, skills and abilities of vulnerable young people through the Coronavirus Support Hub, that offers additional online and virtual support, counselling and well-being resources.
The Golddigger Trust is providing remote 1:1 mentoring sessions for young people in Yorkshire and the surrounding areas.
The Moray Chamber of Commerce has collected information from the Scottish government for businesses in one accessible online hub, and acts as a mediator between businesses and organisations seeking help.
The IET is collating ideas on the UK’s engineering and technological response to COVID-19, and has set up a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database, where researchers and experts can register and work together to create a government resource.
The Royal Academy of Engineering has replaced schools’ projects with virtual teacher training on some of their most popular STEM resource boxes, such as: Engineering Materials for a Greener Planet, Engineering in the Movies and Drones: Friend or Foe?, as well as reprinting/producing additional resource boxes for teachers to use.
The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity has created a hardship fund and is paying money out to beneficiary requests every week.