Connecting the Community
Chichester District Foodbank is a charitable project founded by local churches and community groups, who work together towards stopping hunger in and around Chichester. The foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks, working to tackle food poverty and hunger in local communities, as well as across the UK.
Hear from Joanne Kondabeka, CEO, and Graham Causley, Volunteer, as they discuss their experience of working with Welcomm during the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
As the true impact of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear, Chichester District Foodbank’s existing phone system quickly became overwhelmed with incoming phone calls and messages. After days of missing phone calls, preventing help from reaching those in need, and those wishing to donate being able to speak to someone, it became apparent that the charity missed an immeasurable amount of lost donations from samaritans offering to support the organisation at this critical time.
Having been recommended by one of their volunteers, Chichester District Foodbank turned to Welcomm for help.
Relationships are at the heart of Chichester District Foodbank, and it was crucial to the team that their chosen telephony partner shared their values. The foodbank needed a partner with a can-do attitude, able to quickly supply a resolution to their communication dilemma, whilst supporting a team of staff and volunteers that had limited experience of using a hosted telephony system.
Having worked with Welcomm in a different role, Graham had confidence that we could deliver bespoke solutions at very short notice. As part of the selection process, it was Welcomm’s customer focus and charity support that made this partnership the perfect fit.
Having spoken to Graham at length about the needs of the organisation, I knew that we were able to help – and quickly. As a Gamma Platinum Partner, hosted telephony is our bread and butter, and through the application of Express Remote-Worker Telephony Licences + a free trial of Horizon’s Collaborate video conferencing platform, we were able to get things moving quickly, whilst keeping costs low.
Welcomm have worked with Graham before, in another life, when he worked for a different business. To have been thought of three years later when the charity where Graham is now a volunteer required a telephony partner means a lot to us, and speaks of the great relationships we aim to build and maintain with all of our customers.
To have been able to help, even in a small part, towards the continued operation and success of the Chichester District Foodbank is very satisfying – especially given the incredibly challenging circumstances we too had to overcome to deploy this solution remotely.
Thank you Joanne and Graham for your kind words. We look forward to working closely with your charity in the future.
Unified Communications Specialist
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