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Employee benefits

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Employee benefits

Our Culture

We believe that the way we do this work is as important as its end results. Mary’s Meals is dedicated to nurturing an organisational structure and culture which puts our deeply held values at the heart of everything we do; draws strength and inspiration from our origins; excludes no-one; and prioritises building meaningful and long-lasting relationships with everyone involved in our work.

As we work to a remote-first model, in order to encourage our connection, we have many staff engagement activities available for all our people. 

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We offer a transparent, fair and equitable approach to compensating our paid staff. We recognise the challenge brought by cost of living pressures, whilst our focus remains on keeping our costs low to feed as many children as possible.

Our compensation and benefits include:

  • Annual salary review

  • Annual cost of living review

  • 8% employer pension contribution 

  • Life assurance 3x annual salary

  • 34 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays), increasing each year, up to a maximum of 5 additional days

  • Option to purchase up to 5 days annual leave each year

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Family friendly

We respect and value the dignity of every individual and their family life. We understand the pressures of balancing home and work life and offer flexible working and family friendly supportive policies to support you. 

Our family friendly policies and offerings include:

  • Flexible working

  • Miscarriage and stillbirth policy

  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay

  • Menopause group

  • Carers group

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Staff Engagement

Staff engagement activities include:

  • Annual all staff conference 

  • Annual December all staff day

  • Virtual Funtime Friday quizzes

  • Virtual tea breaks

  • Virtual book club

  • Social and engagement group 

  • Volunteer day to give back to the community

  • Visit to The Shed in Dalmally to see where the story began

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Mary’s Meals is committed to promoting positive mental health and promoting healthy behaviours. We offer various initiatives and benefits to support your overall wellbeing. These include:

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Access to My Strength mental wellbeing app

  • Access to We Care online GP service

  • Access to Toothfairy dental app

  • Access to Living Life to the Full cognitive behavioural therapy courses

  • Mental Health First Aiders

  • Wellbeing sharing sessions

  • Enhanced sickness pay

  • Annual flu vaccination

  • Optical benefits

  • Cycle to work scheme

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Learning and Development

We strive to empower our employees, enabling them to carry out their role to the best of their ability. We recognise that employees’ continuous development is a very important part of our culture. Initiatives include:

  • Annual personal development review

  • Aspire, leadership acceleration programme

  • Internal recruitment, succession planning and secondment opportunities

  • Learning management portal

  • Shining Star awards

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