The Bourne Group Charity Trust has donated 40 mobile phones to the South West charitable housing trust BCHA.
Bourne Group’s employee mobile phones are being re-homed and distributed to people who are now housed safely in BCHA accommodation, to enable them to stay in contact with their family, friends and support workers and to access online advice and information.
Bourne Group Ltd is a construction and engineering company, with headquarters in Poole, which encompasses Bourne Steel, Bourne Rail and Special Projects, Bourne Parking, Bourne Nuclear and Bourne Off-site Solutions.
BCHA is a major provider of a diverse range of housing, support, learning and employability services for disadvantaged people across the South West, from Bournemouth to Exeter.
Daryl Gibbins, BCHA’s Business Support Services Manager said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation by Bourne Group Ltd.
“Being able to contact support workers, counsellors and family and friends, as well as being able to access online information, is vital to the most vulnerable members of our communities. However, many of our customers are completely excluded when it comes to the benefits provided by mobile phones and other forms of digital technology, because of the cost involved.
“Bourne Group’s phones are already being passed on to our customers who need them, along with BCHA-funded SIM cards.
“This generous and much appreciated resource is another step towards them being able to lead safe, settled and secure lives.”
The Bourne Charity Trust is built around a passionate vision bringing together a range of social and environmental initiatives, striving to make a positive legacy and create a better future.
Its donations and activities provide the opportunity to positively impact local communities and good causes which deliver social benefits and are typically focussed on helping disadvantaged people in society, with particular attention on wellbeing, health and care.
Bourne Group HR Director, Clare Clayton, said: “When our new company phones arrived, we wanted to make good use of our old handsets so, through the Bourne Charity Trust, it was proposed that they be used to help people experiencing homelessness.”
“BCHA is well-respected for its work in supporting disadvantaged people and we are thrilled to hear that some of its customers are already receiving and using our phones to keep them connected and in touch with their much-needed support systems.”
“As a founding member of #SteelZero, Bourne Group Ltd is also dedicated to the decarbonisation of global steel production by the year 2050 and the optimisation of use of sustainable materials. So, recycling our phones by passing them on to people who really need them is an excellent example of sustainability.”
For media information on BCHA please contact BCHA Communications Manager Victoria Kate via email at: Victoriakate@bcha.org
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