Our part in the local community
Sure is committed to being part of island life and supporting the local community. We are proud to engage in a number of charitable and community programmes in Jersey.
The Sure Community Foundation launched in Jersey in 2017 and is run by Sure staff who volunteer their time to administer its fundraising efforts. In just over two years the Foundation has donated £25,000 to local causes.
We recognise that many charities, events and community groups rely solely on donations and unpaid volunteers so we try and support as many of them as we can in addition to also providing support with their telecommunications needs.
By donating telecommunications equipment or funding their communications, we enable these organisations to use technology in support of their charitable aims. Examples of this include providing mobile phones so a local care-giving charity and a domestic abuse prevention charity can have volunteers on call 24/7, plus providing mobile broadband to a charity which visits vulnerable and elderly people in their homes - helping them to use the internet to stay connected with family worldwide.
The Sure Foundation and our support of community events form the backbone of Sure’s CSR programme, ensuring we continue to fulfil our commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen and a proud pillar of the Jersey community.
We are very pleased to be able to provide this support and we look forward to supporting more charities in 2020.
Which charities does the Sure Foundation support?
The Foundation supports charities in Jersey that are aligned to our guiding principles. Since 2017 the Sure Foundation has helped numerous local charities and we continue to build on that.
The Foundation also recognises that charities and community groups need volunteer time almost as much as they need money and Sure has donated many hours of staff time to supporting charity projects through a variety of activities.
A few highlights from 2019 include Sure and the Sure Community Foundation supporting multiple Jersey charities including the Island Walk where connectivity was supplied to enable walkers to record their times at checkpoints, Sure donated £1,235 on Prosperity Day to two fantastic local charities - Beresford Street Kitchen and Jersey Cancer Relief - and Sure sponsored Go Wild Gorillas and furthered the support by holding a colouring competition and internal bake sale to raise money for the charity.
Support in times of need
During the global coronavirus outbreak the needs of our local community have changed rapidly and significantly. The Sure Community Foundation has responded quickly to the situation and provided support for those who need it the most.
So far, the Foundation has provided assistance to:
- Brightly, a local charity who offer support from birth to 25 living in care, leaving care, or those who are experiencing adversity. The Foundation gave them food vouchers for 10 children.
- Les Ormes in Jersey is being made into a food station for the vulnerable and those locked in their homes either due to a charity falling away or who have ConV-19. The Foundation has provided them with five mobile phones and SIM cards to enable them to keep in touch with their key drivers delivering food.
- Finally, we have provided support in Jersey to ensure the community Bank can still operate while working from home.
A snippet from our latest newsletter
Cyber Security Educational Packs
Keeping young people safe online has never been more crucial. With the hundreds of apps and sites that children have access to it’s becoming increasingly hard to know where dangers lie. That’s why one of our Jersey employees, Chris Brown has been teaching cybersecurity awareness training at a primary school in his own time. He has previously self-funded the learning material used for the training at a cost of £250 per course, with each course covering three lessons for up to thirty children. But this year Sure would like to support all the amazing work he is doing so we have donated £500 towards educational packs and training sessions for when the training resumes.
Continue to read about the rest of the good work Sure have been involved with since the beginning of 2020 right here in our latest newsletter.