“Our ethos is to help others in any way we can”.
NEON, the Network in East Oldham Neighbourhoods, has been a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) since 2015, although was set up 4-years prior, with eight members of the local community on the board who have a direct impact on the organisation.
NEON aspires to serve as a resource for other organisations, offering advice and access to resources. This includes projects that emphasise the inclusion of people with disabilities, participation in activities that encourage men’s mental health awareness, as well as assisting the homeless and generating funds for community concerns around the UK.
“Our ethos is to help others in any way we can” – Dave Wilkinson, NEON, Chairman
How does NEON help the community?
Staffed completely by volunteers, NEON has grown in response to the community’s need – responding to loneliness, isolation, addiction, deterioration in the community’s mental health, unemployment, and poverty.
All NEON trustees are now Learning Disability Friends and work in partnership with OPAL to welcome people with learning disabilities and/or autism into groups. Services NEON participate in include:
- The Bread-and-Butter charitable organisation (TBBT) aims to make everyday necessities more affordable for low-income families. TBBT is a novel technique of providing ongoing support to people who are unable to pay for necessities due to poverty premiums imposed by their circumstances. This is not a crisis intervention, but a long-term, consistent supply of affordable, everyday necessities, with the goal of fostering long-term community partnerships.
- The local motion, which is a shared desire for local change among independent funders interested in learning how to work together more effectively to address challenges that affect communities across the UK and how this may influence practise. Their mission is to collaborate with local partners who are working on or seeking answers to social and environmental challenges that affect them.
“People have no aspirations, the library shut down years ago, there is no post office, and the health centres are being hammered. If we can offer any level of relief and respite, then we’re doing our jobs.” – Dave Wilkinson, NEON, Chairman
These activities are just two of the countless humanitarian initiatives in which NEON has participated, and for which they have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.
NEON balances the need for secure data backup with a limited budget and resources
With extremely limited budgets available, the COVID pandemic threatened to undo the work that NEON had been carrying out for years, leaving the community short of yet another resource.
Another threat to the organisation was the impact that a potential IT failure could cause. With the volunteers relying on their laptop and desktop machines, Dave understood that the data stored on these must be protected; to ensure against loss and also to comply with data protection regulations.
“A lot of people don’t realise the value [of data] until they’ve lost it”, said Dave. He continued “Any expenditure needed to be limited as we’re reliant on grants and donations and we aim to put as much of the funding as we can back into the community”.
ClearYolk helps NEON implement a flexibly priced, highly secure solution while delivering total peace of mind
By working with ClearYolk, NEON have been able to implement a secure data backup and protection system with no requirement for on-site hardware or expensive installation and maintenance costs.
By implementing a cloud-first solution, ClearYolk delivered Dave and the other volunteers at NEON the confidence that their data was safe and protected against threats like ransomware.
“It’s been a game changer compared to before. We now know that if something happens, we can speak with ClearYolk and get access to all of the data we need.”
“The flexibility has been really important, with the new solution, I can protect all of our data and if someone leaves, we can reduce our data and our bill. If we have more data to add its really easy and all in one place.”
“There are definitely other organisations like us [NEON] out there, who could benefit from this backup. They’re either paying over the odds or have no systems in place at all and could lose everything if something went wrong.”
“Working with ClearYolk has given me peace of mind. It’s like an insurance policy, hopefully you never have to claim on it but it’s there if you do.”
- Finding a cost-effective solution to protect the charities most critical data
- A Solution that could protect multiple data sets from a single application
- Lack of IT expertise in-house
- A solution which allows for the broadest range of data protected from a single application
- Centralise management and reporting that encompasses all data sources and allows for simple, management and auditing of data protection
- Recoveries powered by InstantData™ to ensure data can be accessed and recovered in the event of a disaster
- Confidence that data can be recovered on-demand in the event of deletion, loss or corruption
- Flexible, charity pricing, based simply on the data protected with no need for hardware
- Access to a UK-based support team that can assist with set up and recovery of data
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