MBNL’s aspirations for giving back to the communities we work with

by Samantha Gray, MBNL Community Relations Manager

In a previous issue of InSite, we introduced you to the Community Relations team at MBNL.

This team have been working hard in the background creating a dedicated Community Relations page on our website (www.mbnl.co.uk) which brings together all the important work undertaken by the team and provides what we hope will be a positive and engaging space for our site providers and the communities around our telecoms sites. On this page, you will find an introduction to the team and the key areas where we support the development of EE and Three’s networks across all of the communities in which we work. We have also developed answers to some Frequently Asked Questions posed by site providers and members of the public. We will expand on these over time, and we hope they are useful for you.

At MBNL, Community Relations extends beyond site and network development, and we would like to share with you some of the incredible work which our wider teams undertake to support local communities. Our colleagues are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities or take a volunteering day away from the office to support events close to their hearts, be it for a charity body or a local community.  Some of the more recent volunteering works by our colleagues have included supporting local Covid vaccinations clinics, helping to create a community garden at a respite centre and arranging to escort a therapy dog into a local primary school.

One of our wonderful teams got very creative and was able to incorporate a truly wonderful opportunity to give back to the community during a recent training course. Instead of undertaking the generic ‘ice breaking’ activities, the participants were tasked with assembling some bicycles from loose parts.  The activity was developed to help bring the team members together and promote positive and powerful engagement among them, with the end product being delivered to Noah’s Arc Hospice, a palliative care provider for children in London, as fully assembled functioning bicycles.

Being able to combine work-related activities, such as staff training, with a worthy cause was a great experience for our colleagues. This kind of meaningful outreach teamwork is fundamental to MBNL as a business to give back to local communities and those in need.

We would love to shine a spotlight on any charity or community projects which members of our site provider community have been involved in.  You can share your stories with us at community.relations@mbnl.co.uk

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