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Volunteering

We encourage all of our staff to use their professional skills to promote social inclusion; benefiting those who are disadvantaged, under-privileged or lacking access to the advice that we can offer.

People in London can undertake voluntary work during office hours for up to 14 hours a year, and many give up significant amounts of their own time too.

We are involved in a number of projects, with a primary focus on our local community.

Our volunteering work includes:

Barretstown

Our people volunteer as “Caras” for the charity (“Cara” is the Irish word for friend). Caras share cottages with the children and look after them, accompanying the children in their activities, and supporting and encouraging the children to participate. Our volunteers also visit the castle out of season, to help maintain the grounds so that the charity can continue to provide therapeutic recreation for children with serious illnesses.

Together for sport

A programme aimed at giving both financial and practical support to a number of sporting charities and clubs whose activities target disadvantaged or disabled children and young people in London.

Schools

We are involved with Southwark Education Business Alliance (and previously Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership), providing around 40 regular teaching volunteers for school-run programmes in our local community. We also offer mentoring to school children who visited our office throughout the year for skills building workshops. We also offer mentoring to school children, who visit our office throughout the year for skills building workshops.

Ronald McDonald House at Guys’ and St. Thomas Hospital

The Ronald McDonald House at Guys' and St. Thomas Hospital supports hundreds of families with children in hospital each year, providing free accommodation to help keep families together through the most difficult of times. Our people visit the house to cook breakfast and dinner for the families, and also to help with painting, decorating and gardening.

Helping Hands Club

We support the Southwark Helping Hands Club, a group for people with learning and physical disabilities. As well as financial contributions, we provide practical help in a number of ways. We send volunteers down to mix with the members on Wednesday evenings and regularly host a Christmas party for members. We send volunteers down to mix with the members on Wednesday evenings and regularly host Christmas parties and other events.