During 2016 Atrium colleagues participated in a vast range of volunteering, fundraising and charitable activities.
Educational Support, Mentoring & Language Coaching
We continued our regular volunteering commitment as Reading Partners to a group of Year 3 pupils at Olga Primary School in East London.
In 2016 we were delighted to be able to offer some financial assistance to help Year 6 pupils attend the annual School Journey in May. We also joined the group on their trip and helped out with their activities.
As our relationship with the school continues to build it has been our pleasure to get more involved, presenting to pupils during their annual Science Week event, helping out on Sports Day, hosting the pupils at our offices for a Christmas Carol concert...
In addition to our support at Primary level, a number of colleagues have served as mentors to students and young adults either in or aiming for higher education or assistance with finding work, through application and CV advice.
During 2016 we also established, for the first time, our Charity of the Year.
We asked our colleagues to nominate causes that were important to them and then vote on the short list. For 2016/17 we chose to split our fundraising between the following three Charities:
In December Atrium staff took part in the London Santa Dash, raising money for the Brainwave Centre.
We also held a joint Christmas Jumpers & Bake Off competition, with funds raised donated to our chosen Charities of the Year.
Operation Christmas Child: For the first time we donated christmas boxes to displaced and refugee children abroad, bringing some cheer to children aged between 2 and 14 years of age.
Atrium’s Nic Hopper was one of the award winners at the 2016 Lloyd’s Market Charity Awards event, at Lloyd’s, in December. Lloyd’s grant financial awards of £2,000 to around 30 charities per year. Entrants were asked to nominate a charity with whom they have some level of involvement personally. Nic’s chosen charity was the Neurosciences Research Foundation.
November - Tower Hamlets Volunteer of the Month!
Atrium's Tabby Cameron was announced as the Tower Hamlets EBP ( Educational Business Partnership ) Volunteer of the Month for November 2016; in recognition of her great work as a mentor on the Business mentoring scheme. Read the article from the TH EBP newsletter here
October - Atrium Volunteer Week
In 2016 we commenced a partnership with Benefacto, a social enterprise on a mission to engage more professional people in meaningful volunteering. Read more here about our first Atrium Volunteer Week!
Benefacto offer a range of volunteering opportunities in the London area and in October we launched our first "Volunteering Week" event whereby colleagues actively engaged in volunteering activities with Homeless Drop-In Centres, Food Poverty charities, Social lunch clubs for the elderly, learning assistance with Technology and Community gardening.
September - City Giving Day & Bake Off event
In September we joined our insurance peers in participating in the Lord Mayor of London's City Giving Day event (27th September). On this day we held our annual Bake Off event, with funds raised going to our nominated Charities of the Year.
August and April -
Lloyd's Community Programme Neighbourhood Games
We volunteered at the Summer, and Spring respectively, Lloyd's Community Programme Neighbourhood Games. These events give school children exposure to sporting activities, both familiar and some less so, than they may otherwise have access to, different teams and individuals compete across the day and the event encourages students to pursue interests in their chosen sport.
July - Chartered Great City Race - Olga Sports Day
We assisted at the Olga School Sports Day for the first time in 2016, refereeing, adjudicating and providing general assistance and support at this offsite event, great fun was had by all on a beautifully sunny day.
12 Atrium colleagues took part in the Chartered Great City Race, a corporate running challenge helping to raise funds and awareness for the official race charity Seeing is Believing. Our runners posted some excellent times and a great time was had by all.
May - Olga School Journey
in 2016 we provided some financial assistance to Olga School to help enable Year 6 students to attend the final year "School Journey". Staying at an offsite residential centre they participated in team building activities and personal challenges in a rural environment. We were delighted to also be able to volunteer our help on this trip.