Volunteer schemes & the environment

Local Volunteer Schemes

We actively encourage members of staff to become involved in activities to help support our local community.

This is more than just giving our time. It also involves sharing our energy, knowledge, expertise and passion with others. By becoming involved in long-term projects, we are building valuable relationships with the wider community that are mutually beneficial and help to add a sense of purpose and perspective to what we do.

Volunteer Primary Learning Partners

We work with two primary schools located in Southwark to assist children with developing their literacy skills.

This support also encourages those who need extra time, which cannot be given in the classroom, to learn a love of books in a friendly environment.

Some children may come from larger families or from households where English is not their first language and need a bit more support and encouragement.

Food Bank

The Trussell Trust runs a nationwide network of food banks which distributes food to the homeless. We have a team of volunteers who help out at the Lewisham branch every Monday lunchtime.

Rent Arrears Clinic

In conjunction with the Southwark Citizens Advice Bureaux, we have set up a rent arrears clinic, providing advice to tenants of the London Borough of Southwark who are in or at risk of being in rent arrears. This aims to assist those attending: ensuring that tenants are only liable to pay the rent they are asked to pay, explaining rent enforcement procedures, checking that full benefit entitlement is being sought and helping those in arrears with suitable repayment provisions.

NCS: The Challenge

During the summer, we host groups of 15-17 year-olds who are taking part in a three week scheme called “National Citizen Service”. The scheme is run by The Challenge – the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. Part of the scheme involves the group visiting a workplace for an hour, to see what a working environment is like and to hear about the careers and experiences of some of the staff.

Peabody Trust Employment Initiatives

We work with the Peabody Trust to provide mock interview training with those users of its employment initiatives service, intending to allow and assist in making progress back into work for the long term unemployed.

Hestia

Hestia is a charity, working together with adults and children to change their lives at the times when they most need support – especially those who may have been effected by domestic abuse, people suffering from mental health issues, ex-offenders and victims of human trafficking. 

We have assisted refugee children who are fleeing domestic violence by providing them with pencil cases full of stationery for the new school term, with the aim to give some form of comfort in a daunting first week in an unfamiliar environment. We have also supported their ‘Hestia Bake Off’ event by baking and decorating cakes at one of their refuges. In addition, we offer their service users with the opportunity to take part in mock interviews, giving valuable experience to those who may have been out of work for some time.

Environmental Impact

We are committed to behaving responsibly and efficiently in order to enhance the long term interests of the firm, the community and the environment.

As a firm with over 200 employees based in offices in London Bridge, Oxford and Manchester, we understand that our day to day operations have a direct impact upon the environment.

Whether it be through publishing guidelines, staff training or regular independent audits, we have looked at areas including energy usage, waste and recycling, travel, sustainable procurement and how to minimise these impacts through improvement in our environmental performance.

We have also implemented a ‘no bin’ policy and double sided printing, as well as hosting an annual ‘Green Day’ in our offices, raising awareness of green issues through a variety of activities.