Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Conference delegates' lunches donated to the homeless

Carl Harris


When The Chartered Institute for IT was forced to pull the plug on a conference for 250 educators and employers due to the Coronavirus outbreak there was only one thing to do with the unwanted lunches – donate them to the homeless.

Swindon-based BCS was forced to cancel its Skills for a Digital World 2020 event at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

The one-day conference, scheduled for yesterday (Thursday, March 19) was aimed at addressing the skills needs for society’s most vulnerable people - supporting them with the digital skills to thrive in a society reliant on technology.

The event was to bring together educators, local authorities and employers on how they can play their part in helping adults in society and those who are in non-digital roles at work, gain a better digital understanding.

With no delegates to tuck into the 250 deli lunches, the food bags were donated to Lozells Methodist Community Centre, which redistributed the meals to homeless people in the community.

Carl Harris, group marketing director at BCS, said: “We are delighted that we could work with the ICC and Amadeus to donate our event lunches to Lozells Methodist Community Centre for distribution to the homeless at a time when society needs to pull together.

"The purpose of our conference was to discuss adult education and action to enhance the livelihoods of potentially vulnerable individuals, so it’s wonderful that we were still able - in a small way - to help a vulnerable group through alternative efforts. We are also pleased to confirm we are looking to deliver the content of our conference through alternative digital formats in the near future."