Arriva London wins the prestigious Payroll Giving Platinum Award
Arriva London has recently been awarded the prestigious Platinum Award for Payroll Giving by the Charities Aid Foundation. The award is given to those organisations who have achieved twenty percent or more of their staff giving to charity through a Payroll Giving scheme.
For the previous two years Arriva London had received the Gold Award, but with the help of an award winning promotional campaign, and the willingness of its staff to get involved, this year they have joined other top companies like British Telecom, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Prudential and Royal Mail in qualifying as the first bus company to achieve this.
The campaign theme, ‘It’s easy to give with Payroll Giving, your colleagues do it every day’, has been promoted through weekly road shows at each of the company’s seventeen London garages, together with a poster and video campaign, telling givers’ stories and also responses from the charities that are the recipients.
All participants in the scheme are also entered into a company quarterly draw which gives four winners each a cheque from Arriva London for £250 for their chosen charity, and all givers are also entered into a ballot, giving them the chance to be one of forty participants in Arriva London’s 2016 Lord Mayor’s Show entry on November 12th.
The beauty of the scheme is that the staff can chose exactly who they give to, and how much they give, and with such a diverse workforce it means that over 160 charities benefit, from well-known national or international ones to very local causes.
As Elise, a driver from Enfield, says:-
“My money goes to Sierra Leone, for children under five, and the great thing about Payroll Giving is I can make that choice. I’m one of the twenty percent and I’m very proud of that. We need to maintain this going forward and so I’d like to recommend Payroll Giving to my colleagues”.
Helen, another Arriva London driver who gives to Dogs Trust and Cancer Research through the scheme, said:-
“Arriva London staff support over 160 charities through the Payroll Giving scheme, some are very well known, some are not so well known, but to us they are all as important as each other”.
After receiving the Platinum Award from Suzie Power of Payroll Giving in Action, Arriva London’s Managing Director, Bob Scowen, had this to say:-
“Being the first and only bus company to win the Platinum Payroll Giving Award is something really special, and I am immensely proud of this fantastic achievement by our staff. It means that over twenty percent of our workforce are giving to over one hundred and sixty charities, which speaks volumes of their commitment to such worthy causes. I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength and we will take every opportunity to encourage more of our staff to get involved, and hopefully achieve this great standard again for next year”.
Published : Thu 5th Oct. 2017 - Thu 16th Nov. 2017
This year’s Lord Mayor’s Show, on 11th November, was an amazing cause for celebration, not only to welcome in the new Lord Mayor, but also to celebrate another year of Platinum giving by our wonderfully generous Payroll Givers.
Route 175 operates with 16 double-deck vehicles from our Barking garage, with a twelve-minute frequency during the day. Route 103 operates from our Grays garage with 14 buses, with an eight-minute daytime frequency.
Preparations are complete for our display entry in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show on Saturday. The Arriva London theme again this year is to celebrate the enormous contribution our staff make to charities through the Payroll Giving scheme. With over 1,000 staff supporting over 160 charities every week, and over £1,000,000 having been given in the last five years.
The buses, which were recently on display on the South Bank opposite the Houses of Parliament, will be seen throughout London and the City until November 12th, as a mark of respect for the sacrifices made by London’s service men and women, past and present.
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