At the heart, our LGBT+ Friends Network connects and supports our people on lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT+) matters. Our network is open to everyone, a place where we can all make a positive difference to our workplace, customers and local communities. 


Our efforts don’t stop at the office. We’re proactively supporting local schools, charities and initiatives across the UK. We want tohelp future LGBT+ employees navigate the world of work and feel confident to be themselves.

                                                         

Who are we?

Our members come from every corner of the business, from retail and software development to customer care and partnerships, and everything in between. We have a volunteer steering committee made up of a chairperson, site leads and specialist roles, such as Trans Lead and Parenting Lead. The network is open to everyone, whatever their background or wherever they're based, and whether they identify as LGBT+ themselves or not. 


What's our purpose?


We want our people to be at their best and have a great experience working here. We champion LGBT+ inclusion and celebrate diversity at work and in the community. We support and educate our employees, managers and friends on LGBT+ matters. 


We’re very proud of our network. In the last few years, we’ve been recognised by the British LGBT Awards and Stonewall (we placed #19 in the 2020 Workplace Employee Index and have previously won their Best Employee Network Award). 


What do we do?

A lot! But to give a flavour: We provide confidential support for our employees. We bring people together in person (when circumstances allow) or online – this ranges from coffee meet-ups to after work social events, volunteer days or Virtual Pride. We also join with external partners like Out in Tech for networking sessions. Making sure all Vodafone’s services and products are inclusive for our customers is a big priority. We’ve worked with organisations like Career Accelerator and Micro Rainbow, and of course we support Pride events up and down the country. And there’s so much more! 


Supporting Pride

Brighton Pride

Vodafone were proud to be the wristband sponsors for the biggest Gay Pride in the UK; Brighton Pride.

Jason Nicholson, Brighton Store Manager: “Each year the entirety of Brighton (and most other cities in the south) get together to celebrate equality and inclusion in the form of a wonderfully colourful, exciting and utterly fabulous Pride Festival. Brighton has always been a city at the forefront of inclusion and for years we have wanted to show our support by having some sort of involvement in the Pride Festival, this year our wish has come true and we are extremely proud to be able to fly the rainbow flag in our Vodafone colours. To us Brighton Pride isn’t just about the LGBT+ community, it’s about bringing everyone together in peace, love and harmony.”


London Pride

VOXI marched at London Pride with over 100 of our employees leading the march. VOXI aims to give young people a platform to express themselves via endless social media and we're proud to celebrate diversity and inclusion alongside them. The VOXI concept for Pride is “Endless love”, the modification of VOXI’s strapline “Endless possibilities” - Love takes different shapes and forms, it means different things for all of us and the opportunities are endless.


Pride at Vodafone




We love Pride season at Vodafone. It gives us the chance to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our networks, for our employees, our customers, with our friends in other company networks and LGBT+ organisations.



We’ve taken part in many Pride events across the country. Even though that wasn’t possible to do in the same way in 2020, we organised a Virtual Pride. This featured special speaker events with Olly Pike, a comedy hour with Catherine Bohart and Sarah Keyworth, as well as competitions and weekly Pride Radio shows. We’ve continued to stay engaged with our local communities and LGBT+ organisations.


For our Graduates

In partnership with OutNow we published research into the experience young LGBT+ people have at work. Results showed that over 41% of 18-25 year olds who were open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at university or college hide their identity when they start work.
We want everyone who works for Vodafone to feel that they belong.  This is why we offer all graduates an LGBT+ buddy when they join. Look out for this in your offer letter! We also encourage all employees to become allies in our Friends of LGBT+ scheme. 


In the community

Vodafone’s LGBT+ Friends Network is a community beyond the workplace. We’re proud to connect with organisations country-wide on LGBT+ inclusion. We’ve made a difference by partnering with Career Accelerator to provide LGBT+ mentors to disadvantaged schoolchildren pursuing a career in technology. We’ve created podcasts with Mermaids, Hidayah and Micro Rainbow, and curated webinars with KeshetUK, Hidayah and Gendered Intelligence. We have also provided professional services to LGBT+ refugees and asylum seekers and raised thousands of pounds for LGBT+ organisations throughout the UK.


We're delighted to say that all new global graduates will now be offered an LGBT+ buddy. If you're joining Vodafone, look out for this in your offer letter! 

We as a community continue to work with employees across Vodafone but if you're thinking about joining Vodafone and want to ask us some questions or want to know more about LGBT+ at Vodafone please contact our mail box: lgbt@vodafone.com.

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Vodafone’s global policy offers 16 weeks paid parental leave to all employees

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“Diversity and inclusion are core to our beliefs and purpose at Vodafone. We are proud to support all families by allowing every parent to have more time with their children, without worrying about the impact on their finances or careers”, Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read said. Which is music to the ears of individuals such as Chris Parkinson, a Senior Government Affairs Manager here at Vodafone UK. Chris is expecting his second child this summer and the new equal parental policy will leave he will be able to take more paternity leave. Chris shared, “The new policy will allow me to support my wife and both of our children for far longer. She will be able to re-start her business more quickly. And I will be able to bond with the new baby and continue to bond with our eldest. It will also allow me to take a more equal role in caring responsibilities when we first become new parents”. Join Vodafone today and have the opportunity to be part of something amazing #TogetherWeCan. To read the full article, click the button below. Search Jobs   Read Full Article

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Father and employee, Chris Parkinson, says Vodafone’s equal parenting policy makes him feel proud.

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Job seekers receive much-needed boost

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The £10 voice and data plan, normally worth £35, was first announced on 9 November 2020. It will be available via VOXI Pay As You Go to anyone who has lost their job as a result of the pandemic in the UK. The offer lasts until 31 September 2021. Existing customers who have already taken up the offer will have the deal extended automatically to 31 October 2021.Building on the enthusiastic reception the offer received in the UK, Vodafone is now looking to lend a helping hand to job seekers in its other markets, too. As well as discounts and promotions, this might mean ‘zero-rating’ access to job sites in countries without unlimited plans, for example, so that data usage isn’t an added worry when searching for a job.Job seekers can also learn new skills for free through e-learning platforms like Udemy, which boasts more than 600 courses on technology and professional skills. And they can also use Future Jobs Finder, a self-assessment tool which helps people explore a digital career path based on their skills and interests.Join Vodafone today and have the opportunity to be part of something amazing #TogetherWeCan. To read the full article, click the button below. Search Jobs   Read Full Article

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Vodafone extends cut-price voice and data plan for UK job seekers as part of a number of new support packages launching across Europe, Turkey, Egypt and South Africa.

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International Women's Day 2021at Vodafone UK

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To mark International Women’s Day this year, we want to shine a light on all the inspirational women at Vodafone and the amazing people who support them. This isn’t just about our high-flyers or the ‘usual’ faces: we want to uncover the people doing extraordinary things in their everyday life, the #ExtraordinaryInTheOrdinary. Want to know more about Life at Vodafone? Click the button below! Tell me more!   

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Celebrations of International Women's Day 2021at Vodafone UK. Shining a light on Vodafone's truly inspiration women. We #ChooseToChallenge.

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Returning to work after having a baby

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"Coming back to work, in the middle of a pandemic was so hard.. I think any new Mum going back to work after a year off on maternity leave is challenging anyway, but with my mental health taking a decline, being diagnosed with Post Natal Depression and anxiety, and feeling as though Covid 19 took away the majority of my maternity leave made it all that much more of a struggle. Having such a flexible employer has taken a huge weight off of my shoulders. I have been able to ease myself back into work with the flexibility of Vodafone’s Reconnect programme which has allowed me to work 4 out of 5 days a week without it impacting my pay, giving me that extra day to spend with my now 14-month-old daughter. The pandemic has caused so much disruption with childcare, meaning that 1 day a week I have had to juggle my work with taking care of my daughter not easy (she doesn’t always agree with my work schedule, unfortunately). I have had occasions where her nursery has had COVID-19 cases, so I have had to have her at home with me for long periods. I know there are so many parents out there trying to juggle childcare, home schooling, work commitments, taking care of vulnerable relatives etc and I feel so fortunate to have an understanding employer who has gone above and beyond to support me and my wellbeing throughout.  One of the things I love about Vodafone is how seriously they take their employee's mental wellbeing. My team in particular have regular team catch-ups, social events, check-ins, sometimes just an hour out of the day to catch up virtually with a cup of tea and talk about what great new show we recommend on Netflix! My manager checks-in with me not to check up on my workload, but to make sure I am supported and ask how I am feeling. Having the flexibility to work from home and flex my hours during this crazy time has been a huge support. Some days are better than others, I can't always guarantee that I will be able to make it to that Teams meeting or have to move a call to another day but I think this is a new normal now, my daughter has made an appearance on a few calls and I have seen other colleagues (and candidates) in the same boat. I think one of the positives to come out of the pandemic is the realization that work doesn’t have to be 9 – 5, and having that work/life balance is so important and I am proud to work for a company that recognizes that." Interested in joining the Vodafone team? Click below to view all jobs within Vodafone UK. Search Jobs   

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We caught up for a virtual cup of tea with Vodafone employee and new mum Zoe! Zoe shared with us what it's been like returning to work since having her little girl last year and the support she's got from Vodafone during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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