Making a real difference

Did you know that Greater Manchester has some of the most socially-deprived wards in the UK, with 75,000 children living in poverty?

That’s why UKFast has set its focus on redressing the balance and ensuring that all children, no matter their circumstances, are given an opportunity to thrive.

Whether through sponsorship, donating our resources, or spending time with projects, we’re here to give back to the community around us.

Take a look at our latest initiatives...

Volunteering

In 2018, UKFast committed 5,000 hours to charitable causes - that’s around one day per person, per year. We’re giving every member of the team the opportunity to take a day out of the office to support a charity that helps disadvantaged children. So far, we’ve spent time painting fences and transforming the goat and alpaca enclosure at The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust, and we’re spending time helping maintain the grounds at the Seashell Trust too.

Read about our volunteer days

Training and Education

There’s no denying that there is a skills gap in the technology industry, a huge part of that is because technical education is lagging behind. With that in mind, we’ve installed six Raspberry Pi café computer suites in schools and youth centres across Greater Manchester and beyond. This work has also seen us supporting Pi cafes in Malawi, Lehae and Johannesburg too. We also hold regular Code Clubs, work experience opportunities and courses for teachers and beyond!

Read about training and education at UKFast

UKFast Community and Education Awards

The UKFast Community and Education Awards celebrate the very best of people in Greater Manchester. With awards celebrating everyone from young entrepreneur to young carer of the year, this event recognises and rewards the unsung heroes on our doorstep.

Is there someone you would like to thank for giving you a helping hand when you needed it most? Nominate your community heroes and find out more about the Community and Education Awards here.

Holiday Hunger

More than 75,000 children are at risk of going hungry in Greater Manchester throughout the summer holidays. Without free school meals, many parents struggle to find the extra £30-40 per week to put food on the table – it can mean they lose up to half a stone in weight over the summer break.

We’re providing more than 18,000 meals to these families through Bolton Lads and Girls Club, Manchester Youth Zone and One Manchester Housing Association. Find out more about Holiday Hunger and how we’re tackling it.

Community and Education Awards

Adventure Farm

Beach Volunteer Day

Seashell Trust

Wood Street Mission Book Appeal

UKFast - Wood Street Mission Book Appeal

Where would we be without books? Without the tales of magic and adventure that took us to faraway lands, and the heroic characters that spurred us on to become the best possible versions of ourselves?

Having all the books you could dream of at your fingertips is a privilege that many children in Manchester have never experienced. But you can help change that.

Instead of giving Easter eggs and exchanging chocolatey gifts this year, UKFast is supporting Wood Street Mission's Easter book appeal.

From Monday 11th March to Monday 8th April, we’re collecting brand new books on behalf of Wood Street Mission:

For children aged 0-18 years

In 1 Archway Reception, UKFast Campus

Ernest Hemmingway once said: “There is no friend as loyal as a book."

Whether it’s Prince Charming or Mr Darcy, Beano or Jack Reacher, Harry Potter or Bilbo Baggins, let’s help children make the friends that we all had the chance to make.