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Olive launches partnership with London based youth charity

Paul Lipscombe
November 6, 2020

The charity supports Londoners from disadvantaged areas of the capital

Olive Communications has announced a long-term corporate partnership with London based charity XLP.

The High Wycombe based dealer has pledged to support the youth charity for disadvantaged Londoners, living in areas where anti-social behaviour and gang violence is high.

Olive will support XLP through a donation match on annual fundraising activities held by the dealer.

This will be supplemented by an annual monetary donation, plus some IT and communications equipment.

Olive’s target is to fund at least one full time XLP support worker annually.

On top of this, members of the Olive team will also do voluntary work in their own time to mentor young people.

Obligation to help

Olive’s CEO Martin Flick reveals he had a challenging upbringing in Lambeth, where he left school at the age of 15 without any qualifications.

He said: “For young people today it is much harder than back then to break out and overcome the societal and discriminatory challenges that exist in today’s world.

“At Olive I now run a team of 130 people from incredibly varied backgrounds, some formally educated and some not, with a diverse gender and ethnicity balance, all of whom are amazingly committed and talented, and many have fought adversity of some kind to be successful in their own right.”

“It’s been a difficult year for all of us, but the challenges of the pandemic will impact those from disadvantaged backgrounds even harder, trying to deal with restricted movement, reduced social interaction in clubs and classes and “online” learning are much more difficult for young people already lacking in resources. My firm hope is that the Olive team can help in some small way to overcome those challenges in support of XLP.”

XLP director of fundraising Tim Sledge added: “While Olive is leading in cloud communications, XLP is leading in building relationships on the streets of London. One of XLP’s hallmarks is about being alongside disadvantaged young people for the long term.

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