Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
At Eurolink, our priority is to deliver excellent communications that are high-quality, meet your needs and are as cost-effective as possible; but the Directors and our team also have a passion for supporting local businesses and helping change peoples' lives. That's why, alongside exceptional customer service, our team also pledged to support local and national charities, and the local community. Here are just some of the things that we've been up to…
Work Experience Charter
Work experience is an important part of preparing young people for the world at work and the telecommunications industry is a fast-paced and interesting space. In partnership with Stroud Council, we have worked to achieve our Work Experience Charter as part of the Skills for Stroud initiative and are now regularly providing week and two-week work experience placements to 15-21 year olds. We work with each student to design an informative and practical period of work experience to suit their interests. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Maria.
We're delighted to be involved in developing the future of our industry and to be supporting the next generation of the workforce.
As part of our work experience charter, we are also participating in a number of school career fairs and exhibitions, including Stroud Ambitions, engaging young people in the science behind good communications.
The Butterfly Garden
In May 2015, Directors Claire and Derek Maddox were invited to visit the Butterfly Garden Project based at Dundry Nurseries in Badgeworth, Cheltenham. The Butterfly Garden Project is a unique and very special initiative, supporting individuals with special needs and autism, those recovering from social or mental stresses, and those needing a break and some recuperation away from day-to-day pressures. As well as providing a safe and adapted environment in which to spend their days, the Butterfly Garden also has a social enterprise aspect, helping to ensure that it is self-funding in what it does. Led by Chris Evans, the Butterfly Garden is simply mind-blowing and Chris' can-do attitude has helped drive and implement some very interesting and special features to the Garden.
Claire and Derek were absolutely amazed by this hidden gem in Cheltenham and have now pledged to:
- Volunteer their time to support the needs of the charity
- Provide time for the Eurolink team to visit and support the charity
- Fundraise for the charity in general, as well as seeking to fund specific projects including tea at the House of Commons on 28 October 2015
Low-carbon and carbon-neutral services
At Eurolink, our carbon footprint is very important to us and so we have developed a Green Policy for both our business and the services that we provide our customers, helping to ensure our carbon emissions are as low as possible. As well as affecting the suppliers we choose, we have also built this green policy into our offices, and the way we support our customers.
Stonehouse Youth Project & Tree-planting
Local to our Head Office in Stonehouse, the town council along with a number of youth groups such as SPL4SH, SA4Y (Stonehouse Action for Youth), Psalms for young people and Young Gloucestershire have all been involved in planning and raising money to help build a new youth building and skate park in Stonehouse. The target of £100k was reached in February 2013 and the excitement was described as being 'electric', knowing that all the hard work fundraising had paid off. The building of the park finally began in November 2013 but the landscaping of the surrounding park could not be completed due to weather. The park was in constant use almost immediately and all that remained were the finishing touches.
To support the project, the group approached local businesses, hoping to find one who would fund trees for the area around the youth centre and what's more would help to plant them. Being so local, our team felt it was important to get involved and so in March 2013, Eurolink employees Claire Maddox, Donna Purveur and Derek Maddox joined local councillors Theresa Watt, Pam Swain, Gary Powell along with Youth members Douglas Vaughn and Miya Jakatua to help plant the trees around the recently finished skate park and youth centre.
Winston's Wish is a national charity, supporting children and their families during times of bereavement. The work they do is outstanding and what's more, their Head Office is based in Gloucestershire. In March 2014, Eurolink celebrated our 15th year in business and what better way to mark the occasion than a party including our team, local colleagues, our customers and our suppliers? At the event, we ran a fundraising raffle and included a wine-tasting and a charity whip-round and were delighted to raise and donate £720 to support Winston's Wish with their work.
Operation Shoebox came about in 2005 when founder Ian Whiteway was asked to collect a few parcels for British Troops serving in Afghanistan through RAF Lyneham. The parcels included things like sweets, jam, marmite, pot noodles, soup sachets, shower gel and a card with a personal message on it. It wasn't about agreeing or disagreeing with war he simply just wanted to send the brave soldiers (often a stranger), a parcel and message of support. That ethos applies today. Since 2005 Operation Shoebox has over 40 voluntary Regional Co-ordinators across England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. These Co-ordinators are security checked and are responsible for sending out parcels to assigned troops in Afghanistan.
In celebration of our 15th Birthday in 2014, we teamed up with Operation Shoebox and supported the collection and distribution of shoe boxes, as well as pledging to provide goods, home comforts and 15 pre-paid international call cards to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.
Director Claire Maddox said, “When we heard about Operation Shoebox we thought it was a wonderful organisation to get involved with. Several of our staff has worked either in or with the forces, so it seemed a natural fit. We understand that our boys and girls on the front line miss their home comforts, so for a bit of fun and warmth the company are sending out 15 onesie's and a goodie bag to each of the soldiers containing some treats, sweets and a £10 phone card. As a company that works in telecommunications, what better gift could we give, than putting them in contact with their loved ones this Valentine's Day?”
Return message received from 5 Rifles, based in Afghanistan: “I just wanted to send you a note to say thanks for the packages you've sent. It's so nice to know that people back home are thinking of us. And it's great to get toiletries and snacks. You wouldn't believe how excited men can get over some shower gel and a flapjack!”