Corporate social responsibility
At Clarke Willmott, we consider there to be three significant elements to acting responsibly as a business. Namely, how we act towards our people, how we treat the environment and how we impact upon and interact with our local community and the wider world. All three strands are, of course, interrelated and overall our policies in these three areas form the core of our corporate social responsibility policy.
As a professional practice our people are at the very core of our business. It is crucial to the overall wellbeing of our business that our people are treated fairly, with respect and are given the opportunity to nurture and develop their skills.
As well as looking after our people in the present, we recognise we have a responsibility to future generations to operate our business in a way which minimises our impact on the environment. We have worked hard to reduce our energy consumption per capita and to operate in a much “greener” and more sustainable way.
The third strand of our CSR policy recognises how fortunate we are at Clarke Willmott and aims to give something back to the communities in which we work. Our people continuously contribute to resourceful and generous initiatives to raise money for charity ranging from running through the Sahara, entering marathons and “ironman” events, baking cakes, charity quizzes and race nights. As well as money, our people generously give their time to work with the community, with activities ranging from talks to local schools, reading buddies for primary schools, mentoring of teenagers and acting as school governors.
We encourage all of our people to get involved in various community and charitable initiatives. To this end we promote our “Community Day” whereby every person who works at Clarke Willmott is encouraged to take a day out on full pay to assist in a community or charity project – particularly relating to our chosen charities.
To read our policy in full please view the Clarke Willmott Corporate Social Responsibility Policy PDF. We hope you find it informative and inspirational.
Our chosen charities
Our chosen charities are the main focus of our charitable giving and we hold various events to raise funds. Some of these events have become annual fixtures in our clients’ social calendars. Our current office chosen charities are:
Sport 4 Life is currently celebrating its 10th birthday as the charity that changes the lives of Birmingham’s most disadvantaged young people through the power of sport. Founded in 2006 as a small community project in the ward of Ladywood, they have developed into the leading sport employment charity across the city of Birmingham.
Young people born into disadvantage face an uphill struggle from the start. Many lack positive role models or positive aspirations, and make the wrong choice in life. They fail at school and then fail to move into work. Sport 4 Life UK believe in a level playing field for young people and are proud to create a better future for young people (aged 12-25) by improving their employability and key life skills, through their award-winning sports-themed personal development programmes, as outlined below:
The ‘TEENS’ programme (ages 12-16), is a 10-week sports-themed personal development initiative, develops key life skills at an earlier age, reducing the chance of teenagers becoming NEET in the future. It is a proactive and strategic intervention, tackling the issue of youth unemployment at source.
The ‘NEETS’ programme (aged 16-25), is a 5-week sports-themed employability initiative, provides the necessary employability and life skill support to NEET young people, guiding them back into education, employment or training.
Sport 4 Life provide young people with real opportunities to create a better future for themselves, emancipating them from their circumstances for which they didn’t choose. We provide targeted programmes that focus on life skill development (especially: team work, communication, leadership and respect) and employability, through activities that are proven to positively impact on these areas (including: fun sport sessions, accredited training qualifications, social action, one-to-one mentoring and workshops).
Unseen is a Bristol-based charity working towards a world without slavery. They operate across three main areas:
- Supporting survivors; by providing access to a range of specialist services including a 24hr safe-house and resettlement programme, enabling them to safely recover and develop resilience.
- Equipping stakeholders; by providing training, advice and resources to increase identification of victims.
- Influencing systemic change; by using their experience and research to inspire transformation across legislation, policy and society.
Shelter Cymru is Wales’s people and homes charity. They believe that a decent secure home is a fundamental right and essential to the health and well-being of people and communities.
Shelter Cymru provides:
- A frontline service to support families at risk of losing their homes or in housing need. Bad housing and homelessness can affect anyone. Shelter Cyrmu gives practical housing advice and support, on a wide range of housing issues such as housing benefit, mortgage/rent arrears, possession action, unsuitable accommodation and poor housing conditions. Our Housing Law Caseworkers are supported by our Legal Services Team, who provide specialist legal advice and expertise and carry out a wide range of higher level certificated casework.
- A comprehensive training and events programme that informs professionals working across the housing sector. They advise and train people working in the housing field in Wales, to enable them to provide better housing services. As well as training courses, they also run conferences and seminars designed to address topical housing issues and major changes in housing law and practice.
- A campaigning force that influences change at a national and local level on homelessness and housing. Preventing homelessness is central to Shelter Cymru’s work. They help thousands of families across Wales with housing problems every year, so they know better than anyone where a change in legislation could make a difference.
They campaign for new ways of eliminating homelessness and housing need, and changes in legislation, policy and practice to improve the housing and homelessness situation across Wales.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) is a registered charity (No. 1009143), founded in 1990 to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem.
This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood.
Nacoa has four broad aims:
- To offer information, advice and support to children of alcohol-dependent parents
- To reach professionals who work with these children
- To raise their profile in the public consciousness
- To promote research into:
- the particular problems faced by those who grow up with parental alcoholism
- the prevention of alcoholism developing in this vulnerable group of children
Since 1994, Mustard Tree has transformed the lives of people in Greater Manchester who are trapped in poverty or homelessness, by enabling them to gain the skills and self-confidence they need to reach their full potential.
Their focus is on tackling both the causes and consequences of poverty by offering:
- Provision: When people are in crisis Mustard Tree offer food, clothing and furniture. By meeting their basic needs Mustard Tree establish a relationship of trust and open the door of welcome, hope and possibility.
- Progression: Mustard Tree offer life-skills, training, volunteering, education, mentoring and employment opportunities to help people to increase their resilience and enable them to escape poverty and homelessness – for good.
- Partnership: Mustard Tree work collaboratively with our beneficiaries, enabling them to contribute to the Mustard Tree Community and work with them to set self-determined goals, as well as working with individuals, agencies, businesses and community groups to broker long-term solutions to the poverty and inequality in the city.
Countess Mountbatten Hospice is a truly amazing specialist palliative care service that touches the lives of more than 3000 adults with life-limiting cancer each year throughout Southampton and South Central Hampshire.
The service comprises of 4 key areas: a 25 bed in-patient unit, a day care centre and a community team of doctors and nurses all based at Countess Mountbatten House in West End, Southampton and a hospital palliative care team based within Southampton General Hospital. Providing vital support to these key service areas are physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplains, house-keeping staff and over 180 volunteers all working together to ensure the best possible care is provided to patients and their families and carers.
Supporting the work of the hospice staff is the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity. The aim of the charity is to provide funding that is over and above that provided by the NHS, enabling the services offered to be enhanced, all with the aim of providing additional care and improving patients’ quality of life.
Teenage Cancer Trust make sure young people don’t face cancer alone. They do it by helping young people and their families deal with the many ways that cancer can screw up your body, your mind and your life. They do it in partnership with the NHS and by bringing young people together so they can support each other. And they do it from the moment cancer is diagnosed until long after treatment is over.
What that means day-to-day varies a lot, from giving straightforward answers about treatment or relationships, to delivering specialist nursing care. It can be helping young people with cancer deal with their worries together, explaining complex medical language, or helping young people talk to their employers about what’s going on.
But whatever they do, Teenage Cancer Trust are here to make sure young people always have someone to turn to.
Their 28 purpose-built NHS wards (usually called units) across the UK are at the core of their work. They’re designed to feel more like a home than a hospital ward. They’re comfortable and contemporary, rather than simply clinical. And they bring young people together, because talking to someone who knows what you’re going through is a vital way of feeling less alone and more normal.
Teenage Cancer Trust units are their central hubs in each UK region – as new teams of expert staff increasingly travel to other hospitals and to young people’s homes to make sure they reach everyone who needs us, wherever they live.
And as well as being there for young people after diagnosis, Teenage Cancer Trust also spread the word about the impact of cancer on young people in all sorts of ways. They do presentations in schools. They help medical professionals and politicians to understand why young people with cancer need specific support. And they publish a wide range of no-nonsense information resources.
Reminiscence Learning is a small charity based in Wellington specialising in dementia, reminiscence, activities and life story work. They deliver a range of training for healthcare professionals, family carers and volunteers, as well as community projects for the older person, those with dementia and their carers and those who feel lonely and isolated in the community. They also created and deliver the multi award winning intergenerational dementia awareness Archie Project that links primary schools, care homes, sheltered housing schemes, businesses/services and community members to reduce the fear and stigma often associated with dementia and ultimately create more dementia friendly communities.
Partner/Head of Southampton Office
Kelvin Balmont is a partner in Clarke Willmott's Southampton Corporate team specialising in acquisitions, disposals, refinancing & real estate finance.View profile >
Partner/Head of Intellectual Property/Head of Manchester Office
Roy Crozier is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Manchester Intellectual Property team specialising in both contentious and non-contentious IP law.View profile >
Philip Edwards is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Birmingham Serious Injury team specialising in amputation, spinal cord injury.View profile >
Partner/Head of Taunton Office
Kate Gardner is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Taunton Employment team specialising in educational establishments, agricultural/farming business.View profile >
Partner/Head of Renewable Energy Sector/Head of London Office
Priscilla Hall is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' London Construction team specialising in renewable energy - wind, biogas, waste and solar.View profile >
Partner/Head of Cardiff Office
Vicky Kells is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors' Cardiff Social Housing team specialising in charging affordable housing portfolios.View profile >