Vodafone to donate €2m to ISPCC Childline over next five years
ISPCC Childline and the Vodafone Ireland Foundation have annouced a partnership worth €2 million in direct funding over five years. The telco will also cover the charity’s call costs for 10 years, upgrade its infrastructure and encourage its 2,000 staff to take part in fundraising events.
Through this new partnership, with Vodafone’s support, the charity will now be in a position to develop a new total communications infrastructure which will improve children’s access to Childline and provide an online digital platform.
In 2014 ISPCC’s unique support service for children and young people responded to almost 500,000 calls and online contacts. Over the last 10 years, Childline has experienced a 75% increase in children seeking support online.
One in five children in Ireland say that they have been bothered by something online in the last year. Vodafone’s Be Strong online programme will mean that children will now have a range of resources offering support and advice on cyber safety at their fingertips whenever they need it.
Childline was established by the ISPCC in February 1988 as a “helpline for children in trouble or danger”.