Arriva Payroll Givers meet representatives of the charities they support on #GivingTuesday
As the festive season approaches, we all look forward to the good-will of giving and receiving, and this was truly illustrated last week when members of our staff made a tour of London, on our open top bus, to meet representatives of some of the charities they give to through their Payroll Giving and celebrate #GivingTuesday.
Our first stop was the RNLI Tower lifeboat station by Waterloo Bridge. Here, we had the pleasure of meeting Katie, Nick and volunteer Jim of the RNLI, who thanked everyone for their Payroll Giving and then explained the workings of the charity and how the donations are spent.
We were enraptured by their talk, and amazed to discover that this station alone has already been out on that stretch of the Thames for more than 400 lifesaving sorties this year. Arriva London drivers Daniel, Robert and Rob explained their reasons for giving to the charity, and then Jim said how much they all appreciated these continued gifts, enabling them to have the best equipment and facilities to carry out their work.
Away from the water, we made our way to Whitechapel to meet with Robert from Centrepoint, the leading homeless charity which provides accommodation and support to over 9,000 homeless people aged 16–25 both in London and across the UK. He said:
"Payroll Giving is extremely important to us. It makes up about 10% of our corporate income, and if people weren’t kind enough to give straight out of their pay, we wouldn’t be able to provide a number of the really important services that we offer to young people, such as housing, health support, both physical and mental, as well as educational opportunities."
Our next appointment was with Jessica, who works for the Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity, GOSH for short. We were given a forty-minute tour of the hospital areas we could safely visit away from the wards, and were touched to learn more of the great work that goes on.
Arriva London’s Payroll Givers Andy, Errol, Lee and Paul, who all give to GOSH, were particularly interested to learn more about what their funds are used for. As Jessica explained:
"The charity has four key areas which we fund. They include re-development of the buildings, purchasing equipment that the NHS can’t provide, world leading research, and welfare services such as parent accommodation and play teams for the children.
"Arriva London are massive supporters of GOSH and we’re so grateful for everything they’ve done, not only delivering our patients and their families safely to us every day on their buses, but also for all of the Payroll Givers that give so much in their pay.”
Currently, over 1,000 of our staff give to more than 160 charities every week through Payroll Giving. At Arriva London, we offer everyone the opportunity to join the scheme, and show all staff how easy it is to join. We are currently looking to encourage more of our colleagues to give in this way, and carry on supporting these amazing causes.
If you’d like to join our winning team and also have the opportunity to become a Payroll Giver, then please apply here.
Published : Thu 6th Apr. 2017 - Thu 11th May. 2017
Vintage bus parade at Victoria Bus Station to mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus features an Arriva route
To mark the 70th anniversary of the first post-war RT bus, there was a parade of vintage buses at Victoria Bus Station on Wednesday morning.
The visit had been organised following Leon meeting Enfield bus driver Malkiat Birdi, whilst he was attending the TfL initiative for drivers called Hello London.
Making the capital’s buses as simple to use as the London Underground is a new initiative being trialled on seven London bus routes, including Arriva London routes 150 and 128.
In association with TfL and HCT Transport, we opened our doors to welcome the public, giving them the opportunity to explore the garage, meet our operations teams, ride on a bus through the bus wash, tour our operations control centres and see & ride on some historic preserved buses.
Our recent route gains in North London include route 19, from Finsbury Park to Battersea Bridge (South Side), which has meant implementing an extensive mobilisation programme to maintain our high standards.
One of the most important elements in Arriva London’s development is the training and education it offers its staff, from engineering apprentices to graduate trainees, everyone in the business is offered the opportunity to develop and flourish.