Atos/Antz Mentor Programme
Atos partnering with charities and suppliers to create social value and giving back to the community
Since 2015 Atos has partnered with Antz – a social enterprise, connecting businesses, charities and third-sector organisation to deliver social value within local communities – and the decommissioning SME Tier 1, to create a mentoring programme targeting disadvantaged people. The programme to date engaged over 52 mentees – a blend of ex-offenders and others experiencing challenges within their communities. Atos employees have taken an active role mentoring and supporting participants to overcome challenges, grow professionally and create a positive impact for themselves and society, as well as taking a leading role in managing the programme.
Working alongside our client the Ministry of Justice, the programme started with HMP Forrest Bank and local Manchester charities. It has now expanded to London working with the Ministry of Justice client and Atos suppliers to support HMP Bronzefield and local London charities. Since its inception, the initiative has already produced circa £850,000 in societal cost savings and made a tangible difference for the communities we connect with and support.
Mentors – Atos employees, clients and suppliers – have described how the programme has helped them develop a sense of meaning and personal growth and gain a greater perspective of the challenges faced by many:
“The Mentor Programme has taken me out of my comfort zone and challenged me in different ways. It makes me realise that although I have had many work challenges over the years, I have always been fortunate to possess a clear brain and a support network of family and friends. Others are not so fortunate.”
“I originally signed up to help make a difference. So far, what has surprised me is how humbling the experience has been – to appreciate the challenges people have had to face and then find the resilience and determination to change their lives around.”
Likewise, mentees have greatly benefited from the support, a professional perspective and validation provided by mentors:
“Since being released from prison, my mentor has helped my assimilation back into the work place. If I did not have this focus and drive, I could have easily slipped back into situation that would lead me back to prison”
“[The programme] is amazing; my mentor is very helpful and has given me excellent advice. I am now employed and my mentor is going to help me progress. I would give this project 10 out of 10.”
Initiatives like the Atos/Antz Mentor Programme have a clear potential to drive far-reaching social change, e.g. by helping prevent crime, create jobs and improve mental health in communities. Atos is proud to be driving this inclusive programme to improve the employment prospects of people from a variety of demographics and backgrounds – visit We Are Atos to learn more!