Almost 100 Northern Ireland organisations have made key connections through a business support network set up to help address problems and needs amid the ongoing crisis.
Business in the Community’s Business Response Network has made almost nearly 1,200 matches between business offers of support and schools, charities and local community groups across the UK.
And in Northern Ireland, technology is by far the most matched request, with offers of support from businesses
In Northern Ireland alone, 99 matches were made with recipients. Some of those include employees from Citi Belfast who took action to support key workers, people and communities affected by Covid-19 and were matched with The Trussell Trust and The Community Foundation Northern Ireland. Donations made were matched by Citi UK – up to £50,000 – on top of two direct donations of £10,000 from Citi.
Meanwhile, Allstate NI supported Business in the Community, Belfast City Council and the Bytes Project with a series of skills meetings to give guidance on the purchasing and set up of 150 devices to go to families in need across Belfast. Staff committed 12 hours to ensure the funding was spent appropriately and is continuing to support the project.
ABP Food Group provided meals for the local community through the Portadown Wellness Centre.
Across the UK, Tesco Mobile donated 798 mobile phones to 12 charities. Preloaded with SIMs, the phones are helping charities and community organisations to continue supporting vulnerable people throughout the pandemic.