Queen Alexandra College in Harborne, Birmingham approached Midlands-based adhesive suppliers, Techsil, to source some new hot melt glue guns as unfortunately a number of theirs had broken in the critical lead up to QAC’s Christmas Fayres. Techsil were delighted to step in and help by donating new glue guns and glue sticks.

QAC is a specialist college for young people aged 16-25 with disabilities. Alongside their extensive academic programmes for students, one of their community sites offers a range of enrichment and interactive hands on activities including regular workshops for groups including ‘Over 55s’, people with dementia and ‘at risk’ young people. These range from manual and low level gardening activities to music, fitness and a wide variety of craft projects.


Sarah Caldwell, Fundraising & Grants Manager commented: “Working with tactile materials and creative projects works well for many of our groups, giving individuals something to focus their attention and imagination on whilst also lowering their tensions.  For many of our craft sessions – for students and others – sticking plays a key role to their creations. Current craft projects range from Christmas decorations to personalised gifts and household décor, so we really didn’t want to stop the creativity for too long, especially as students have a couple of Christmas Fayres coming up where they’re hoping to sell their work. Support from Techsil came just in time; the glue and guns they donated will be well used throughout the college and our outreach programmes.”


Steve Morrow, Techsil’s Business Development Manager visited the college to meet the students and present them with a hamper packed with 10 TEC305 glue guns and 250 clear and glitter hot melt glue sticks.

Steve said: “QAC do an amazing array of art and craft projects and it was a pleasure to meet the students and provide them with the tools to help them develop their creativity. There was much excitement from the students when they realised that Techsil’s hot melt glue also came in various glitter colours! Our range of glue guns are very robust and should last them for many years to come.

About Queen Alexandra College

QAC is a specialist charity which supports over 200 students who have a range of physical and learning disabilities. All students have at least one disability although some have more than one to overcome and these range from physical disabilities to sensory impairments and/or learning disabilities. QAC has provided education and training for visually impaired people since 1903. Originally part of the Birmingham Royal Institution for the Blind founded 1847, it has been an independent registered charity since 1997.