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 charity was founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers who decided to do something to help homeless people. The charity now helps thousands of people throughout London and the South of England.
St Mungo’s pioneered many of the services which are now a part of the homelessness sector practice and projects. These include the first specialist projects solely for people sleeping rough suffering from mental illness (40% of rough sleepers have a mental health condition), alcohol misuse and the elderly.
St Mungo’s focus on the challenges that our society face at present. 4,000 people sleep rough on the streets across England every night. This number is rising.
St Mungo’s want everyone to have a place they call home, and the opportunity to fulfil their hopes and ambitions. The charity works to reverse the rise in homelessness and their aim is to halve the number of people sleeping rough by 2021. The charity use a recovery based approach and the individuals unique skills as a foundation upon which to build their recovery.
The causes and consequences of homelessness are complex. In order to meet the challenges of such complexity, St Mungo’s have built a wide-ranging network of projects and services to help people become housed, healthier and more hopeful.
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.
SERV Wessex is a registered charity (No. 1156383) that provides a free out of hours transportation service for NHS Hospitals in the Hampshire, Dorset and South Wiltshire areas, 365 days per year, between 19:00 and 06:00 weekday evenings and 24hrs a day at weekends and on public holidays.
SERV Wessex transports blood products and other urgent consignments allowing hospitals to divert financial and staff resources elsewhere. These include:
- Blood for transfusion, platelets or other blood products which must be supplied to us in the appropriate insulated packaging
- Blood, urine or other tissue samples for analysis by pathology and microbiology laboratories
- Human Milk
- X-rays, scans and CDs
- Patient notes
- Any other medical items or small pieces of medical equipment
All of their members are volunteers and cover all fuel and servicing costs for their vehicles themselves.
The service is run entirely on donations, SERV Wessex does not receive any funding apart from charitable donations.
SERV Wessex is always looking for more volunteers, riders, drivers, controllers and fundraisers.
If you are interested in getting involved as a rider/driver/controller, helping out with events or becoming a sponsor, please contact email@example.com.
Lives would be lost without the continued support given to SERV Wessex.
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
Roy Crozier is a partner and Head of Clarke Willmott solicitors' Intellectual Property team specialising in both contentious and non-contentious IP law.View profile >
Partner/Head of CSR
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 the HR and Employment Team and Head of the Taunton office.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 >