Helen van Riel from Protiviti, a year one HotC member, on their community partnership with Harris Academy Bermondsey (HAB) and Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital:
““Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” – This is the core to Protiviti’s partnership with Harris Academy Bermondsey (HAB) and the volunteers who provide mentorship and career guidance to the students.
Protiviti was involved in the initial coordination of the mentoring programme at HAB six years ago, which has since been praised by the Government for its success in developing the students (aged 14-16). The mentoring programme has grown across schools within the borough of Southwark, as well as expanding interest amongst other local businesses to get involved. Mentoring volunteers from Protiviti find that giving back to the community and watching their mentees exceed all expectations are some of the most rewarding aspects of the mentoring programme. Mentors provide both specific subject tuition as well as general guidance in navigating the challenges of balancing work and social commitments as well as job/college and university application guidance. In addition to one-to-one mentoring with students, Protiviti has expanded the mentoring programme to offer financial workshops to a broader group of students at HAB. Topics have included budgeting and saving, student finance and an introduction to the formal banking system, in order to provide the students some practical guidance in managing their finances.
In addition to the mentoring programme, Protiviti also formally partnered with Guy’s & St Thomas’ charity in 2018 to deliver a year-round fundraising initiative which ultimately raised around £35,000 (including gift aid) for the hospital and specifically the state-of-the-art Guy’s Cancer Centre. There were many individual events organised across Protiviti UK to contribute towards this such as cake sales, half marathons, the Guy’s urban triathlon, fantasy football leagues and competitions, auctions and raffles. The largest single fundraiser was the gruelling National Three Peaks challenge, in which 24 Protiviti staff ascended the three largest peaks in the UK within 24 hours, raising around £1,000 each. It was a challenging, but hugely rewarding experience for all involved.
Protiviti is continuing to expand on these partnerships and initiatives into 2019 through membership of HotC, with a focus on encouraging more Shard occupiers to support local schools as well as Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital. From jointly hosting a student enrichment day to collaborating with the Shangri-La hotel in coordinating fundraising events, 2019 is set to solidify and broaden the relationships with both HAB and Guy’s & St Thomas’.”