Congratulations to EE!

TimeBank has worked with EE since 2012 to deliver a digital skills employee volunteering programme nationwide. Our partnership began in 2006 when TimeBank started to provide T-Mobile’s employee volunteering programme, and over the years it has evolved towards skilled based volunteering.

As part of this we’ve delivered fun and informal events such as Techy Tea Parties when EE employees show older guests how to make the most of technology and the internet over a cuppa!

So we’re naturally very excited to hear that EE has won a Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for its digital skills volunteering programme. David Cameron said: “Whether it’s creating an email account to connect with friends and family, or learning how to use an iPad, EE’s ‘Techy Tea Parties’ are demystifying technology and giving people the skills to get online.” 

Since its 2013 launch, EE has held 68 Techy Tea Parties, with over 565 employees volunteering to improve the digital skills of 861 people. Techy Tea Parties have been held in 28 different locations across the UK and there are plans to further expand the project this year. EE employees don’t need to be tech experts – it’s about spending time with someone from their local community.

Dan Perlet, Director of Corporate and Financial Affairs at EE, says: “Digital inclusion is an important issue for us – one in five people lack basic online skills and nearly seven million people in the UK are not currently online. They are missing out on a huge range of benefits, from keeping in touch with family and friends to saving money and accessing information and jobs. TimeBank’s employee volunteering programme has helped us to develop digital skills-based volunteering among our staff to help local communities make the most of technology and being online, such as our popular techy tea parties.”

If you are a charity or community organisation and you think your members, service users, staff or beneficiaries would benefit from attending a Techy Tea Party to improve their digital skills, please email richardg@timebank.org.uk or call 020 3111 0728.

And if you’re a company and would like to get your staff involved in volunteering, do get in touch!