We were delighted to be chosen as Arcadis’ Charity of the Year, this year. Arcadis are a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm and as well as fundraising for Mind, they are keen to raise awareness about mental health issues throughout their organisation.
Arcadis are planning to raise over £100,000 for Mind this year as well as organising training in a vast range of mental health topics throughout the organisation. Arcadis are also planning to sign the Time to Change Pledge, committing to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health throughout the organisation and beyond. Teams from across the organisation also took part in a number of activities on Time to Talk Day this year, including a mental health pub quiz and myth busting exercises.
Arcadis have organised a large-scale challenge event in June where teams across the organisation will take part in various challenges throughout the Cotsworlds walking or running a 35 mile route, or cycling a 120m route. Arcadis aspire to have 600 people sign up to help them reach their £100,000 target.
With plenty of other fundraising events planned over the course of the partnership we are confident that Arcadis will smash their target and help us ensure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.
Alan Brookes, CEO at Arcadis, comments:
“I’m honoured to be supporting Mind as our corporate charity for 2017, as voted for by our people. The issue of mental health is one that people often shy away from discussing, but I think it’s extremely important that we help to shine a spotlight on something that, either directly or indirectly, has impacted on so many people.
“I was stunned when I learned that Mind receives over 65,000 calls a year and, due to the high volume, are unable to answer them all. This highlights just how important it is for us to support the vital work being done by the charity, and so our goal this year is to raise £100,000 for Mind that will go to towards the training of two additional, and much needed, telephone operators for the helpline.
“Our big fundraising event will see 600 people from our UK business walking, running and cycling a 36 mile route in the Cotswolds and will be supported by additional events in offices across the country. We have also launched a programme to give wellbeing and mental health support to our own people in our continued effort to breakdown the stigma around mental health.”