Focus: Corporate Responsibility - Side by side Get Connected and the Carphone Warehouse

Get Connected has worked with the Carphone Warehouse for six years.

The company provides office space, phone lines and ICT support to the charity, which runs a helpline for young people. It encourages employees to volunteer on the helpline and raises funds through events such as auctions and treks

EMMA INSLEY, DIRECTOR, GET CONNECTED

Why did you choose this partnership?

We needed help to support the development of a helpline, and The Carphone Warehouse wanted to make a difference to a small charity.

How do you benefit?

The Carphone Warehouse provides us with office space in central London.

It supplies our IT and telephone equipment and pays for all calls to the helpline. We also get financial support from its employees, customers and suppliers.

Did you have any reservations?

We wanted to make sure we did not become dependent on The Carphone Warehouse's funding, so we constantly look for other sources of funding.

What are your plans for the partnership?

We are exploring ways to get employees to volunteer with Get Connected.

BECKY MAYNARD, CSR MANAGER, THE CARPHONE WAREHOUSE

Why did you choose this partnership?

Carphone Warehouse has always been guided by the principles of its founder, Charles Dunstone, who appreciated the great need for Get Connected's service.

How do you benefit?

We have the satisfaction of seeing a small organisation expanding and evolving. A partnership with a smaller charity makes us feel more personally involved.

Did you have any reservations?

We have actively encouraged Get Connected to seek funding from other telecommunications companies because we did not want it to become dependent on our funding.

What are your plans for the partnership?

We are looking into new ways to fundraise and in the next year will be focusing on retail-based activities and brand awareness.

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