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.
This year 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.
There’s no denying a skills gap in the technology and digital industries, 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 and Lehae, Johannesburg too. We also hold regular Code Clubs, work experience opportunities, courses for teachers and beyond!
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.
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 day 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.
There are 48,000 children living in poverty in Manchester and Salford. Christmas can be a time of struggle and great anxiety for many families who can't afford to give their little ones a present to open from under the tree.
From 12th November to 14th December 2018, we're inviting people to donate new, unwrapped gifts for children aged 0-14 and drop them off at UKFast Campus in Hulme (1 Archway, M15 5QJ).
You'll be able to select a tag containing a child's name and age from our Christmas tree at reception, attach it to your gift and leave their present in our Santa's sleigh.
We hope you can contribute to this fantastic selection and spread the joy this festive season. If you are unable to take a visit to the UKFast Campus in Hulme, you can also donate online.