Helping Shape a Better World
Embrace is an important element of ARM’s commitment to the community in which we live and work in. It encourages our employees to work with charities and community organisations to give something back by fundraising or volunteering.
The Embrace initiative is driven and inspired by our employees all of whom are passionate about supporting charities, volunteering and community projects. Employees are given the opportunity to use 16 working hours per year to get involved in raising awareness and money for local charities and making a positive difference to the local community.
We believe Embrace not only benefits the local community, it also develops and enhances new skills for our own team.
Choosing the company charity
Each year ARM's employees vote for their charity of choice which is supported through a range of fundraising activities. In previous years, we have participated in the London to Paris bike ride and the Three Peaks Challenge, amongst other events.
Our current charity of choice is the local children’s hospices Naomi House and Jacksplace which supports children and young adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Here are some examples of how we've supported this fantastic charity so far:
- The City Cycle 300 gruelling 300-mile cycling challenge which raised £18k
- Several personal challenges by individual members of staff
- Regular dress down days, themed days, bakes sales and so on
- Store Wars - teams competed to raise the most money working in charity shops for the day
- MDs expedition to Gran Paradiso, which raised thousands.
We believe that choosing a shared charity allows our team to make a concerted effort and achieve real benefits, with everyone lending support to a common goal.
“Whilst it's a great challenge it is nothing compared to the fantastic work that Naomi House & Jacksplace do every day. The hospices provide invaluable palliative care that includes respite, emergency and end of life care for children, young people and their families, affected by life-limiting and life-threatening circumstances. As a team and a business we are passionate about supporting charities however we can, so the City Cycle 300 challenge presented an interesting, challenging and fun way to try and make a difference.”
Tom Hickling, Senior Recruitment Consultant at ARM
Supporting individual initiatives
As well as team initiatives, ARM also supports individuals in their specific CSR exploits. One member of our senior team is a trustee for the Aurora New Dawn charity, other individuals are School Governors and two employees offer mentoring to secondary pupils at a local school.
Volunteering for all employees
ARM encourages everyone to get involved, from senior management to the newest recruits, and it supports these efforts during working hours. However, many of the team choose to commit to additional out-of-hours volunteering as well.
Supporting progression outside work
We believe that supporting our employees by developing their skills, encourages new thought processes and makes our whole team stronger. We support our team in their community work, but also in professional and academic training qualifications, personal hobbies, sports, physical training and so on.
It’s not all about work!
As well as offering an attractive career path, ARM knows that as a business it has a responsibility to support the lives of its employees and the wellbeing of our wider community. When you choose a career with us, it is important you can balance your work with your life objectives and responsibilities to family, friends and the community.
We support the wider wellbeing of our team, aiming to create the right work/life balance and ensuring we can give back to society as a whole. The Embrace initiative encompasses both of these concepts – helping the local community and fully supporting our team to do this, whilst enjoying the experience and the nurturing personal growth and development.