Sure is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen across the islands in which we operate, and we deliver on this commitment through a series of community and charitable programmes.
Our community programmes ensure we are part of island life and support events that have local appeal, creating large community events which give islanders experiences they wouldn’t usually get. Examples of this are the Isle of Man TT, Sure Big Screen, Sure Comedy Festival, Sure Skate and, since 2013, the Big Gig in the Park - an event with huge community appeal which donates profits to two local charities.
In 2012 the Sure Foundation was established as a recognised charity with a committee made up of staff from across the organisation and since launch the Foundation has already donated over £100,000 to over 50 Bailiwick charities.
What projects has the Sure Foundation supported?
The Foundation supports charities within the Bailiwick that are aligned to our guiding principles. Here are some examples where we have given support recently:
- Scouts headquarters to improve Wifi and internal networks. This project was a combination of hours and donations.
- The HUB is a free drop in center for young people aged 11-18
- Alderney Butes playground
- Amalgamated Boxing Club with a donation to help stream live boxing matches to help improve young talent
- Parkinson’s appeal
- Guernsey Hockey with a sponsorship for the new dug out
The Foundation also recognises that charities and community groups need volunteer time almost as much as they need money, so can arrange for our staff to take time out of the business and contribute in a tangible way to charitable or community groups. So far, our staff have donated over 175 man hours to local community groups with activities such as beach cleaning and clearing the islands’ headlands, which also contributes to managing our environmental footprint.
What else does Sure do in the community?
Sure also supports a variety of clubs, charities and other organisations with one-off donations to help with their fund-raising, as well as supporting their telecommunications needs. By donating telecommunications equipment or funding their communications, we enable these organisations to use technology in support of their charitable aims. Examples of this include providing mobile phones so a local care-giving charity as well as a domestic abuse prevention charity can have volunteers on call 24/7, plus providing mobile broadband to a charity which visits vulnerable and elderly people in their homes - helping them use internet access to keep them connected with family worldwide.
The Sure Foundation and our support of community events form the backbone of Sure’s CSR programme, ensuring we continue to fulfil our commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen.
How can my project apply for help?
If you would like to get in touch with us about a charitable or community project, please email CommunityFoundation@sure.com