VODAFONE FOUNDATION CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF CONNECTING FOR GOOD IN THE UK
The Vodafone Foundation today celebrates 25 years of implementing digital technology which has enhanced people’s lives in areas of health, education and disaster relief in the UK and worldwide.
Over that time, Vodafone’s local foundations operating in 27 countries have invested a combined $1 billion in their communities and supported more than 2,500 organisations.
In the UK, the Foundation has supported thousands of Vodafone UK employees to raise millions of pounds for UK charities, via a company matched funding scheme, as well as investing almost £30 million in a range of innovative programmes and partnerships such as:
- The long term partnership with The Scout Association, launched in January 2016, providing a Digital Manifesto which will help empower hundreds of thousands of young people to make more of the opportunities to explore their digital potential.
- The Digital Parenting magazine, which is developed in partnership with parenting NGO Parent Zone, offers advice on how to help young people stay connected safely and manage their screen time constructively. Available to anyone, the fourth edition, published in September 2015, saw one million copies being distributed to schools, NGO’s, government bodies, children’s charities and other outlets. We have now distributed more than 3 million copies since 2009.
- The “My Tech Family” initiative, which was devised and developed with Parent Zone, provides resources for UK primary schools to educate families about the digital world we live in and how they can explore the online world safely. More than 5,200 UK schools have registered for the programme since it was launched in 2014.
- JustTextGiving, launched in May 2011, is a partnership between the Vodafone Foundation, Vodafone UK and JustGiving to allow people to make free donations through their mobile phones. It has helped raise more than £37 million for thousands of UK charities, both large and small, with nearly 250,000 people having set up their own unique text codes to boost their fundraising efforts since launch.
- TecSOS, an exclusive mobile technology launched by Vodafone in the UK in 2010 to provide victims of domestic violence with immediate connection to the Police, at the touch of a button, at all times of the day and night. More than 70% of UK Police forces have now implemented TecSOS.
- The “World of Difference” programme, which ran from 2009 to 2012, funded 1000 people from across the UK, including some Vodafone employees, to spend two months working for a charity of their choice.
Helen Lamprell, UK Trustee of the Vodafone Foundation, said: “The Vodafone Foundation has helped us and our employees to make a massive difference to the communities in which we live and work. Technology is playing an increasingly vital role in bringing communities together and we are thankful that the Foundation’s commitment to using technology for good remains as strong as ever. We look forward to building on our existing programmes and partnerships to deliver even greater benefits over the next 25 years.”
About Vodafone Foundation
The Vodafone Foundation’s Connecting for Good programme combines Vodafone’s charitable giving and technology to make a difference in the world. Globally, the Vodafone Foundation supports projects that are focused on delivering public benefit through the use of mobile technology across the areas of health, education and disaster relief. The Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of global and local social investment programmes. The Vodafone Foundation is a UK registered charity (registered charity number 1089625).
About Vodafone UK
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2015, Vodafone had 461 million mobile customers and 13 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
Vodafone UK partners with businesses of all sizes - from start-ups and small businesses to the largest corporates and the public sector. The company has worked with UK businesses for over 30 years, starting out as a mobile provider and becoming one of the UK’s leading total communications partners. It provides a range of voice and data services, secure communications infrastructure, fixed and call centre capability, unified communications and was the first mobile phone operator to offer a truly converged service for fixed and mobile.
Vodafone is currently spending around £1 billion on its network and services across the UK following a similar amount spent last year. This includes £200 million on its network in London, the introduction of its 4G service to more than 830 cities and towns, as well as thousands of smaller communities whilst also making network improvements across its UK 3G network. Meanwhile, The Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal programme is also aiming to bring 3G coverage for the first time to 100 remote communities across the UK.
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