All 34,000 Sky employees can give back to their local communities on company time through the Sky Cares programme. As the impact of the pandemic was felt across Europe, Sky increased its staff volunteering days from two to five this year for employees volunteering for the NHS and HSE in the UK and Ireland respectively.
In spite of the pandemic, there was a 50% increase in employee volunteering totalling more than 22,000 hours for 69 charity partners and local services across Sky’s Group operations.
This included helping the elderly, those most at risk of loneliness during lockdowns, through Sky’s partnership with Age UK. Sky employees clocked up more than 600 hours of befriending calls with older people and have since developed this into full time programme, Time to Care.
Across Europe the Sky Group have supported charity partners through a difficult year. Sky Italia have given free advertising to charities for many years, but in 2020 stepped in to produce and create adverts to support those who could longer afford the production costs and were unable to raise funds through face-to-face donations.
- 69 charity partners across Europe
- 300,000 items delivered by our engineers in the UK
- 5,000 cards and presents donated, written & wrapped (UK & DE)
- 1,000 calls made to the elderly in the UK
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