Press Release | 08 Sep 2015



Employees at Vodafone UK’s headquarters in Newbury proved they have what it takes, winning the prestigious Star Partnership Award at Norwood’s 2015 Annual Volunteering Awards, recognising excellence in volunteering.

The charity, which supports vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities, relies on more than 1,000 volunteers every year.

Over the last year, 175 dedicated Vodafone staff have contributed a staggering 1,500 hours of their time to volunteer at Ravenswood in Crowthorne, which provides residential care, supported living accommodation and leisure and learning opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

The volunteers spent their time and energy renovating stables, laying concrete, painting and decorating and building a chicken coop. Working together they even transformed an overgrown patch of woodland into a local beauty spot.

The award ceremony was held at London’s Royal Society of Chemistry on Wednesday 2 September, with the judging panel made up of Rachael Davis-Stollar, Ashley Sweetland MBE, Lady Hazel Cosgrove, Ronnie Harris and Judy Lee.

Chair of the judging panel Rachel Davis-Stollar praised the team’s commitment, saying: “It’s not just the hard graft, it’s the fact that these groups relish working alongside the people Norwood supports. They see first hand the life changing nature of the work the charity does and this insight is invaluable when it comes to spreading the word.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Vodafone, Darren Shrubb, Business Operations Manager, Technology Enterprise Services, said: “To have won the award in the Star Partnership category and being up against a couple of really good organisations really is fantastic. Volunteering is amazing, not just on the day, but because of the long-term team bonding that you get. It’s a really good opportunity to strengthen those bonds within your team as well as giving something back to the community.”

The charity’s film of the event can be found here.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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