Volunteer schemes & the environment
Local Volunteer Schemes
Winckworth Sherwood actively encourages our people to get involved in activities to help support our local community as part of our commitment to CSR.
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.
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.
Hestia supports adults and children in times of crisis. They deliver services across London and the surrounding regions, as well as campaign and advocate nationally on the issues that affect the people they work with. Last year they supported more than 9,000 men, women and children. This includes victims of modern slavery, women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, young care leavers and older people. From giving someone a home, to helping them to get the right mental health support, they support people at the moment of crisis and enable them to build a life beyond a crisis. They are supported by more than 460 volunteers across London who provide specialist skills such as art therapy, yoga, IT, gardening and cooking, as well as befriending and fundraising.
As the home of UK SAYS NO MORE, they bring together a diverse coalition of individuals, charities, businesses and public sector organisations to campaign for an end to domestic abuse and sexual violence.
We offer their service users the opportunity to take part in mock job interviews, giving valuable experience to those who may have been out of work for some time. In 2017, we supported 10 service users, with half of them securing employment opportunities after their interviews.
In addition, 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 to them in a daunting first week in an unfamiliar environment. We have also supported their ‘Hestia Bake Off’ events by baking and decorating cakes at one of their refuges.
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 people at the firm.
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.
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 300 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.
So whether it be through publishing guidelines, training or regular independent audits, we monitor closely areas such as energy usage, waste and recycling, travel, sustainable procurement and how as a firm we can 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 Week’ in our offices to raise awareness of being green and promoting healthy living through a variety of activities that everyone can get involved in.