John’s company had always said as part of their CSR commitment, that they would like to support young people locally.
John Griffiths is a local business leader in Cheshire. John saw an advert for the Cyber Rangers programme and thought he would like to get his staff involved in the programme. John’s company, Griffiths Construction, had always said as part of their CSR commitment, that they would like to support young people locally.
Whilst they had completed a number of small fundraisers to make donations the staff would have liked to have really get involved and see the real difference of their support. That’s when John met Mike Jones, our Volunteer coordinator.
Mike told John all about the programme. Cyber Rangers seeks match IT and cyber literate professionals with young people whose cyber skills may be in danger of sending them down the wrong pathway. Young People in the digital age are at risk of being victims of cybercrime, as well as perpetrators of cyber related crime.
John promoted the programme to his employees and agreed to give them 2 days each to volunteer their work time to the programme over the year. So far 7 staff have signed up, completed their training and been matched with young people.
John has seen the benefits from start to end. “The staff were very excited at the prospect of taking part in this programme. So far they have told us about how rewarding it has been for them, as well as eye opening for them to understand the environment that our young people are growing up in and the challenges that they face in a digital world. Although I am losing 2 days from each member of staff in working time I feel like it is motivating them, giving them some perspective on the world and ultimately knowing that the company they work for is committed to the local community. Working with Youth Fed has been incredibly positive, the whole process has been very smooth. I’d encourage anyone considering committing their employees time to consider this programme.”