In order to fulfil our commitment to giving back to the wider community, all Partners and employees in London are entitled to time off to get involved in volunteering activities.
All of our volunteering activities support promoting social inclusion in our community.
Examples of our volunteering activities include:
Lawyers in Schools
Lawyers in Schools is a skills based employee volunteering programme run by the Citizenship Foundation.
The scheme places practising and trainee lawyers into the classroom to work with young people to develop their awareness and understanding of the law. Lawyers in Schools facilitates links between legal professionals and secondary schools, mainly in economically deprived areas. It provides an opportunity for lawyers and trainees to discuss and explore various legal issues.
This unique opportunity draws on the core skills and knowledge of legal professionals and the Citizenship Foundation's expertise in educational partnerships. It offers clear educational benefits to young people and enables volunteers to gain a real insight into the lives and issues that affect young people in their local community. The scheme has been running successfully since 1999 with law firms and in-house legal teams working with local secondary schools across the UK.
Peter Brownlow, one of our partners, commented:
"The Lawyers in Schools programme was a real eye opener for me. It was refreshing how engaged the students were and discussing law with young people from different religious and social backgrounds was an interesting challenge. I also enjoyed working with colleagues and the lawyers at Everything Everywhere in a non-legal environment. I will be signing up again next year."
Vision for Literacy Pledge
As part of our drive to increase social mobility within our local community, we have committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and are proud to have been a signature on the Vision for Literacy Pledge since 2016.
Poor literacy undermines the UK’s economic competitiveness and creates barriers to a fairer society. It costs the taxpayer up to £2.5 billion every year and incurs direct costs to business.
Launched by the National Literacy Forum, the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge calls on the UK business community to join the national literacy campaign and deliver tangible benefits to help close the literacy gap.
We have pledged to help to raise literacy levels, boost the economy and improve social mobility by taking practical action in three areas: within our workforce, in our local community and at a national level.
In order to support our commitment to the Vision for Literacy Pledge, 14 volunteers from our London office recently visited a local primary school, St Alban's, to take part in a Shakespeare day.
Along with Jackson from AS Creatives, our volunteers helped deliver workshops aimed at making Shakespeare fun! In each workshop, Jackson covered the whole story of either Macbeth or the Tempest with our volunteers on hand to help students recreate scenes from the plays or work in groups to create their own impressions of the play's characters.
Overall, the day was really enjoyable and helped with one of St Alban's literacy objectives to make reading fun!
A teacher at St Alban's said:
'It was brilliant on many levels! The children loved the workshop and it is fantastic for them to experience Shakespeare, something that they wouldn't normally encounter yet is so important for future studies in literature. Also, the children really enjoyed working with the volunteers and it is positive for them to meet people in other roles.'
We regularly host visits with Enabling Enterprise, a non-profit social enterprise, set up by a team of teachers in 2009. Their mission is to equip young people with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed in life.
The day is led by representatives from Enabling Enterprise with support from Bird & Bird volunteers. During the visit the students take part in a legal based workshop where they must gather evidence to support them in building an argument for or against a negotiation scenario. The day ends with a presentation from each team presenting their arguments to the rest of the group!