Business Charity Awards: Charity Partnership, Telecoms and Technology - TalkTalk Group with Ambitious about Autism

For an outstanding partnership between an organisation in the telecommunications and technology sectors and a UK charity

Night of Ambition
Night of Ambition

What is the partnership?

United behind a single social mission to improve communication within the autism community, TalkTalk and Ambitious about Autism have been working together for 12 years.

What did the company do?

The annual black-tie gala dinner Night of Ambition is an integral part of the partnership’s fundraising strategy. Charity champions from across the organisation also take part in employee-led fundraising throughout the year, including quiz nights, raffles and a static bike challenge. Ambitious about Autism delivers autism awareness training to TalkTalk staff and facilitates a programme of opportunities for employees to visit its centres, either to volunteer or to find out more. The charity works with TalkTalk to match staff skills with projects such as CV writing workshops. Parents of children and young people with autism within TalkTalk are also provided with support and advice through Ambitious about Autism’s online tools and information services.

Why did it win?

So far TalkTalk has raised £4m for Ambitious about Autism. Every year it focuses on developing a specific project: these have included a youth council, a national mental health research report, an online forum and an employability project.

What did the judges say?

"This seems to be a very successful partnership that works at a range of levels," said Wanda Wyporska, executive director at the Equality Trust. "It has clearly been very well planned to maximise the interaction between partners."

Highly commended

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