Corporate Social Responsibility
Brandon Trust was formed in 1994 by the merger of the Buttress Trust and the South Avon Housing Association. The Brandon Trust is a UK charitable organisation which supports around 1,600 children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both.
The charity provides individual, high-quality support that ranges from light-touch enabling services through to long-term residential care for people with complex needs. Headquartered in Bristol, the Brandon Trust employs a team of over 2,000 people who operate across the south of England, the South Midlands, from London through Warwickshire to Cornwall.
Brandon Trust has been a customer with CHG-MERIDIAN since 2015. Originally the customer used CHG-MERIDIAN's service to procure the latest Microsoft Surface Books, Pros and desktop PCs for their front-line operational teams and back-office staff.
However, the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak saw the charity approach CHG-MERIDIAN to see if they would consider donating some tablets for use by the people that Brandon support. Whilst Brandon’s support continued during this time, Government advice to ‘stay at home’ meant that people were no longer able to meet with family and friends. This change in routine was causing some of those people great anxiety and worry, something which Brandon’s support staff felt could be helped by the opportunity to interact by video with their loved ones who they weren’t able to see in person.
Furthermore, many countries and industries were experiencing supply chain issues as a result of the global pandemic, making it increasingly difficult to source the equipment and have them available to the end-user on time.
As a valued charity partner for more than five years, Brandon’s request was something that CHG-MERIDIAN were keen to support if they could. Using their partner network, CHG-MERIDIAN was able to source and donate 126 refurbished tablets and provide the required urgent transport to the customer's office.
“We were blown away by the speed of their response and the generosity of their donation of the tablet devices for the people we support. I cannot understate the difference that they will make from those who will benefit from them. The changes to all our lives that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic have been challenging for all of us, and even more so for some of the people we support who may be less able to understand why family and friends can no longer visit. Being able to stay in touch with loved ones using these tablets will make a real difference and help significantly lessen the impact of an upsetting change in routine.”
"CHG-MERIDIAN has been our primary IT solution provider for many years already. I approached CHG again, hoping they could help supply us with some devices that we could issue to the people that we support, to aid them in staying connected in these times of need! I can only say thank you, you have been a part of putting a lot of smiles on faces, and at a time like these, we cannot underestimate how much that does for people."
"Brandon has been a loyal customer of CHG-MERIDIAN's for over five years, so when they approached me asking for support regarding the vital donation of over 100 tablets, I was more than happy to do everything we could to help. I spoke with our Remarketing Coordinator on the Friday to see if there was anything we could do. Fortunately, we had 126 suitable devices, on-site locally and ready to be delivered less than a week later."