Giving something back
We actively encourage our colleagues to give something back to their local communities. Following the launch of our #oneofmany programme in June 2016, Worldpay colleagues have been busy volunteering around the world. The programme gives all colleagues the opportunity to take one day out of the office every year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.
#oneofmany volunteering programme
Since its launch, colleagues around the world have been volunteering as individuals or in teams with charities close to their heart.
Here are some examples of the programme in action:
- In Brazil, colleagues collected over 40kg of food which they delivered to the Movimento Aproximacao children’s home in São Paulo before spending the day entertaining the children with arts and craft activities.
- A 20-strong team in Singapore volunteered at their local soup kitchen, Willing Hearts, which provides 5,000 meals every day to people in need. The team helped with tasks such as preparing ingredients, packing meals into boxes and cleaning the kitchen while those with muscles helped carry boxes of ingredients from vans to the kitchen.
- Colleagues in our San Francisco offices regularly volunteer and raise funds for the San Francisco Marin Food Bank whose mission is to end hunger in its local community. The team has been helping out with the Food Bank’s One Box program which supports senior citizens who are unable to get out to the Food Bank’s pantries. To raise funds this year, colleagues hosted their second annual golf tournament and 12 colleagues took part in a spin cycling event.
- Through our partnership with The Prince's Trust in the UK, a team from Group Technology and Engineering hosted four young people for four days, immersing them in the world of work. It was part of a Get Into Tech programme designed to help young people get the experience, training and skills to find a job in IT.
- Colleagues in Indore Delivery Centre in India spent the day helping out with activities in a care home, a school and an orphanage. One group of colleagues built a stone bridge in the school to allow the children to cross the mosquito-infested pools of rain water which had accumulated.
- Our UK talent acquisition team came together in London to host a technology social club with South London Cares, a community network of young professionals and older neighbours who spend time together to help reduce isolation and loneliness. Our colleagues spent the afternoon helping older neighbours with their technology questions.
- The Manchester portfolio team used their #oneofmany days recently to help out Salford Women's Aid, a local charity which helps people affected by domestic abuse. They spent a busy day clearing leaves, cutting back trees, and washing decking and paving stones. Inside, they decorated a bedroom and a shower room and even transformed the playroom.
- The Durham Wildlife Trust were joined by three very hard working volunteers from Worldpay to carry out some heathland management. The volunteers opened up several square metres of heathland, dragging and piling brash ready for burning.
- The Bank Alliance team in Philadelphia, USA, helped out at Caring Hearts Helping Hands, a non-profit organisation in Magnolia, Delaware. The charity provides low income working families with clothing, furniture and linen. The team of volunteers spent their time cleaning, organising and gardening.
Worldpay takes part in Give As You Earn (GAYE), the UK’s largest payroll giving scheme which lets people give pre-tax donations to the charity of their choice. Last year, Worldpay colleagues donated over £55,000 to good causes through the GAYE scheme in 2016.