The initiative started with Matilda, who works with project management and process development at Aritco. Her children are active in a gymnastics group, Järfällagymnasterna, and she discovered that the training for children with disabilities, “Everyone can do gymnastics”, was closed because there was no leader. She had an idea!
“It’s so important that all children, whatever their ability, are allowed to move. I realized that Aritco has the opportunity for volunteer days, and that I might be able to use that to restart the gymnastics group. But we needed more helping hands.”
It turned out that three other Aritco employees were parents or leaders in the gymnastics association located close to Aritco’s head office in Stockholm, Sweden. Suddenly, they were four: Matilda, Julia, Martin, and Katarina.
Matilda contacted HR Manager Rick Middel to raise the issue of flexibility in the employee benefit of voluntary work, as the gymnastics training oftentimes occurs in the evenings and weekends. The request was approved by Aritco’s management team, who were proud of the four passionate and committed employees.
“This is a fantastic initiative, and we are proud to be an employer enabling “Everyone can do gymnastics” in collaboration with Järfällagymnasterna. We take great responsibility for creating a better world for everyone, and this initiative fits in perfectly with our own philosophy,” says Middel.