Leonard Cheshire to partner with O2’s Think Big

4 September 2017

The back of a tshirt with The Environment Now logosLeonard Cheshire Disability are partnering with O2’s Think Big to offer an exclusive opportunity to support disabled young project leaders with their applications for The Environment Now programme. 

£10,000 worth of funding is up for grabs for the most innovative ideas put forward by disabled applicants aged 17-24, who are being encouraged to find digital solutions to crucial environmental issues.

The Environment Now programme, a key part of O2’s commitment to support young people regardless of their circumstance, is looking for 17-24 year olds who are passionate about the environment and want to make a positive impact. 

Leonard Cheshire Disability will provide an expert panel including chief executive Neil Heslop and director of assistive technology Steve Tyler to decide on the best two applications.  The lucky duo will then receive mentoring, work experience and insight sessions with industry professionals from O2.

All proposed The Environment Now projects for the Leonard Cheshire Disability programme must:

  • have a designated disabled project leader aged between 17-24
  • have a positive and measurable environmental impact in areas such as energy efficiency or waste and recycling
  • use digital technology to solve an environmental issue that could include, but is not limited to:

    • using digital skills and/or digital connectivity
    • the use of pre-existing technologies and digital platforms
    • using digital research and data management

For an application form please contact environmentnow@leonardcheshire.org or visit leonardcheshire.org/environmentnow

Closing date for applications is 18 October.

Leonard Cheshire Disability’s executive director of partnership services Laura Crandley commented:

‘This is a fantastic opportunity to proactively engage disabled people in one of the most exciting schemes for talented young people.

‘We work with disabled people of all ages to help them access opportunities and achieve their potential. We’re hugely excited to be working with O2 and seeing the innovative solutions young people come up with.’

O2’s director of corporate responsibility and sustainability Bill Eyres said:

‘We’re proud to be partnering with Leonard Cheshire to deliver this unique and innovative programme.

‘O2 believes in the power of young people irrespective of background and we can share our expertise, knowledge and resources to help bring their ideas to life.’

Media enquiries

For more information visit the O2 Thing Big website.
For further media enquiries please contact Jonathon Sim by emailing jonathan.sim@leonardcheshire.org or calling 07903 949 388. General press office number: 020 3242 0399.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Environment Now programme is funded by O2 and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and is part of the Our Bright Future programme. It is managed by the National Youth Agency.
  2. O2 is the commercial brand of Telefónica UK Limited and is the mobile network operator with the highest customer satisfaction in the U.K according to Ofcom. With over 25 million customers, O2 runs 2G, 3G and 4G networks across the UK, as well as operating its nationwide O2 Wifi service. O2 has over 450 retail stores and sponsors The O2, O2 Academy venues and England Rugby. Read more about O2 at o2.co.uk/news. Telefónica UK Limited is registered in England and Wales. Registration number: 1743099.