The Community Connection Awards benefit local causes and groups.

Re-engerising the high street is Vodafone’s goal, and they’ve been at this since 2014.

To celebrate the amount of stores Vodafone have they began a new awards scheme to aid and feature honourable causes.

This year, 100 stores across the country will be running the Community Connection Awards.

The list is still growing and 100 Vodafone stores will participate in the scheme. January 2016 saw Age UK Sutton taking the Vodafone Community Connection Award.

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Members of local charity Food4U are celebrating after receiving £1,000 from Vodafone UK. Food4U collected the Vodafone Community Connection Award in June – after staff in its Sutton Coldfield store chose the deserving cause.

Food4U, run by Henry Goodfellow and Reverend David Walton, was set up to provide emergency food for those facing difficulties such as illness, redundancy, debt, domestic violence or homelessness. Thanks to the £1,000 award, the charity will continue to support families who are in need of food in the Sutton Coldfield area.


Imran Sumar, Vodafone Store Manager in Sutton Coldfield said; 

“After seeing first-hand the support and dedication that Food4U offer, we wanted to help them continue the great work that they do. Hopefully the donation will make a difference to many families and homeless people in the local area.”

So far, 44 awards have been given out to community organisations up and down the UK, with a number of cheques already set to help good causes this year.

Last year a charity working to highlight the dangers of carrying weapons was awarded with a £1,000 boost for its work.

In Enniskillen, the Lakeland Special Olympics Club also received the award.

The money they received was used on new kit for the athletes, says volunteer Fiona Keenan.

“A kit is an essential requirement in providing safe training and competition experience, while also giving our club identity and recognizing dedication of our athletes.”

Vodafone believe that a sense of community is really important. Getting people involved in local activities and clubs can really help make difference for the people who live nearby.

This is the reason for their £100 million nationwide expansion, opening 150 new stores, creating over 1,400 new jobs and upgrading of stores up and down the country.

To win the award groups, clubs or organisations must tell Vodafone how a £1000 boost would help them, providing it benefits the members of the local community.

UPDATE: Vodafone have awarded the community connection award to the following organisations:

  • Romford – RSPCA (Romford and Havering)
  • Elgin – Moray HandyPerson Services
  • Rhyl – Action for Children
  • Yeovil – South Somerset Mind
  • Aberdeen – Barnardo’s
  • Bury – Jigsaw
  • Cheltenham – Pied Piper Appeal
  • Walsall – Midland Mencap

Barnardo’s Scotland Connect won the award in Aberdeen back in July 2017 – the charity are celebrating after buying new outdoor equipment and clothing for its youth group with the £1,000 award money.

As well as, Nottingham Hospitals Charity who won the award in April, 2017 in Worksop – members of the charity are celebrating after their ‘Kinder Crew’ competed in the British Transplant Games, thanks to the £1,000 award.

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