Charity calls for more links with young people after student success
01 December 2015
The owner of a charity mobile network, based at Discovery Park is calling on more businesses to give young people a chance after a link up with Canterbury Christ Church University proved a huge success.
C4C Mobile, powered by O2, are a mobile network built for giving. C4C Mobile provides users with the opportunity to donate 10% of their monthly bill spend to a chosen charity of their choice at no additional cost.
Two students – Nat Usherwood and Joel Godden – joined Calls4Charities on a 10 week placement in February, as part of their studies for a Foundation Degree in Computing (FdSc) and were quickly set to work on a new website for the company.
The finished result has delighted the company and earned Nat and Joel a distinction for their part in the project, with a number of service providers and shareholders also singing their praises.
Nat has continued working in his spare time for Calls4Charities helping the company with the technical preparations, in readiness for the soft launch of two further networks during 2016, focussing within the cancer and sport sectors.
Nat, 21 from Canterbury, has always been something of a computer whizz having built his first computer at the age of seven. He says the experience has allowed him to show off what he could do and confirmed he had chosen the right career path.
“It has been a good opportunity for me and a fantastic environment to work in, using everything I’ve learnt growing up and in my studies for a company that is using technology to change people’s lives.”
Joel, 26 added: “Working for Calls4Charities was nothing but a pleasure. It was great to put my skills to use for a positive and worthwhile cause, and I'd like to extend my thanks to Blair and to Canterbury Christ Church University for the opportunity."
The success of Nat and Joel in supporting the work of Calls4Charities has led to the arrival of 17-year old Steven Evans as an apprentice. He is on placement from another Discovery Park tenant, training provider, Middleton Murray, taking charge of the organisation’s social media output.
Blair Papworth, the managing director of Calls4Charities, said: “What Nat and Joel did was a remarkable achievement, the website they have developed for us has the X-factor and will be a great marketing tool for charities across the UK.
“Their ideas, passion and innovation have proved invaluable. It’s easy as a company owner to look at someone and think because they’re young they lack the experience. I’d say think again: give someone the chance and they will thrive.
“Without the help and partnership of Canterbury Christ Church University students, we would not be where are today and will certainly like to give more a chance to prove themselves with Calls4Charities in future.”
“We very much look forward to developing our relationship with Canterbury Christ Church University and introducing other projects which we are currently working on within the foreseeable future.”
Reza Mousoli, Programme Director for FdSc and Industrial placement organiser at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “This program provides students with a real experience of working in an IT related business environment for 10 weeks.
“Students are encouraged to put into practice the concepts and skills such as web technologies and computer programming that they have developed throughout the programme into real life business experience.
“Joel and Nat certainly did that and I hope it gives an indication of how, as experience has shown in the US and Europe, how educational establishments and businesses can work closely together.
“Discovery Park is a great example of somewhere where students are provided with real and unparalleled work experience opportunities, which can lead to developing skills for the future.”
Kimberley Anderson, Corporate Relations Manager, Discovery Park, said: “There is a strong partnership between academic institutions, such as Christ Church, and businesses based at Discovery Park.
“That partnership will have a positive impact for the sustainability of businesses and employability of students, which is essential in an advance digital economy. Links up like this are a fine example of what can be achieved.”
About discovery park
- Discovery Park is Europe’s leading science and technology park, based on the outskirts of Sandwich, Kent
- The park is an Innovation Cluster where companies and organisations are encouraged to work together and share information
- Providing world class facilities, Discovery Park has attracted a host of international companies from the life science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, science and technology sectors
- Facilities include research and development laboratories and specialist niche manufacturing facilities, commercial office space and warehouse solutions
- Discovery Park benefits from Enterprise Zone status
- Discovery Park is home to over 120 companies employing just over 2,300 employees.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey