Dell Technologies partnership with Barnardos extended for further two years

Barnardos, with the kind support of Dell Technologies Ireland along with Former Grand Slam winner, Current Elite IRFU Rugby Referee and Barnardos Ambassador, Joy Neville today launched their local call for volunteers in Limerick.  Dell Technologies volunteers at the Limerick Volunteer Drive for Barnardos at the Dell Technologies in the Raheen Business Park, Limerick. The children’s charity, who work with more than 17,600 children each year and has two centres in Limerick, needs valuable volunteers for their National Collection Day, kindly supported by Dell, on September 13th. Photo: Oisin McHugh True Media

DELL Technologies Limerick has committed to extending its partnership with Barnardos by a further two years, which will help the children’s charity continue its vital work to support vulnerable children and families in Ireland

The partnership which involves the provision of financial support, as well as the sharing of employee expertise, skills and the volunteering of time, was first formed in 2017 to support the good work and continued vision of Barnardos.

Over the course of three years the Dell Technologies teams in Dublin, Cork and Limerick have volunteered their time to support the organisation’s National Collection Day, hosted various fundraising initiatives on their campuses and in recent weeks have supported the organisation as they transitioned their services to virtual settings.

Employees at Dell Technologies are always available to provide digital support to Barnardos but in recent weeks this has evolved to respond to the current environment and the team has been sharing expertise in managing teams remotely, organising virtual meetings, ensuring the organisation remains secure while the team operates remotely and general technical training.

Throughout the partnership, the team at Dell Technologies has also helped to create and deliver ‘Code Work Clubs’, a new initiative for the organisation hosted at regional Barnardos Homework Clubs in Cork, Limerick and Dublin. The Clubs were set up with an aim to deliver digital skills to the young people participating who might not have access to technology on a day-to-day basis.

Suzanne Connolly, CEO, Barnardos commended the “phenomenal” impact the partnership has had on the organisation and “ultimately the lives of children and families in Ireland”.

She said, “Thanks to the support of Dell Technologies team members in their fundraising efforts, skills sharing and awareness building over the last three years we have made a difference to the children of Barnardos.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together in the next two years, as we continue to provide support to those most in need, working to close the digital divide among communities across Ireland and provide much-needed help to the most vulnerable children in our society.”

Sean O’Reilly, Vice-President, EMEA Logistics and Site Leader, Dell Technologies Limerick said since first joining forces with Barnardos “we’ve been truly inspired by the life-changing impact Barnardos has on children and families in communities throughout Ireland”.

“This has struck a chord with our own team members who over the years have come together to support the children’s charity.

“This support has been particularly evident in recent weeks as the team has worked to ensure the organisation has the digital skills and capabilities to manage teams remotely and to continue providing the vital supports to families and children across the country.

In addition to the company’s financial contributions, our employees donate their time and creativity in order to help Barnardos to continue their valuable work.”

He concluded by saying the team were “delighted” to extend the partnership for a further two years “and continue to support the great work that Barnardos does.”