Our goal is to provide a positive impact by supporting charities though individual employee monetary contributions that are matched by Architecture & Access, and by donating our unique access consulting skills to specific disability organisations
At Architecture & Access we exist to create safe, functional and accessible environments which enable people to experience life equally with confidence and dignity. Our people first approach is a fundamental driver in how we consider our clients and staff. We listen, we see individuals, we treat people with dignity, compassion and professionalism.
Implementing the Workplace Giving program is a powerful way to share Architecture & Access’ spirit and to give our employees the opportunity to actively participate with our chosen charities.
Workplace Giving is a win-win-win for workers, employers and charities. No matter the value of the donation, employees can have the opportunity to donate, increasing staff engagement and most importantly, charities gain reliable and regular funds. Through the program employees choose to make donations to the chosen charities direct from their pre-tax pay. Their income is immediately adjusted based on their donation and the tax benefit is received straight away.
Allison Crunden, General Manager at Architecture & Access explains, “Workplace Giving is an effective way for our employees to support charities, because donations are made from pre-tax dollars. The next phase of the program will be to develop volunteering, skill-sharing and in-kind support programs with our charities”.
Architecture & Access are boosting the impact of the program through donation matching. This is generously capped at $5,000 per year.
The chosen charities were purposefully and carefully selected, these include:
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) champion the rights of people seeking asylum and mobilise a community of compassion to create lasting social and policy change.
- Disability Sports Australia enables more Australians with disability to be more active more often. Their aim is to connect people to local active and adaptive opportunities through trusted programs.
- Headspace support young people with mental health, physical health, alcohol and other drug services as well as work and study support. Helping them get back on track and strengthen their ability to manage their mental health in the future.
- The Fred Hollows Foundation’s goal is putting an end to avoidable blindness. They help train and empower local eye doctors, nurses and health workers to create a sustainable system of care in the communities that need it most.
Monetary support for the charities enables them to develop and manage their programs, directly providing the required support for individuals in need, however there are other ways Architecture & Access can assist. This can include volunteering our support by actively being involved in programs where corporate support is required and undertaking pro bono Access Consulting advice for any in-house projects. For example, we recently provided advice on all access related design aspects for the Queensland Sporting Wheelies Clubhouse. We are proud of our employees and their generosity and look forward to growing this program.