Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London

Corporate Social Responsibility

Clarkslegal is proud to support Children's Helpers Worldwide, Contact the Elderly and the Wallich as our nominated charities.

Each year staff will nominate and vote for charities local to our offices that the firm will support. In response to staff demand, the firm also supports most of the national fundraising appeals such as Comic Relief, Children in Need, Jeans for Genes and Sport Relief.

We regularly host events to raise awareness for our charities among our clients and friends.

Children's Helpers WorldwideChildren's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) is a small, voluntary organisation based in London. We work directly with organisations which support children living in difficult circumstances due to poverty, disability, ill health or other issues, in less developed parts of the world. So far, we have visited and formed partnerships with organisations in Argentina, China, Ghana, Romania and South Africa. The local projects are very varied, and include schools, orphanages, hospitals, medical projects, sports programmes and more.

The people running the local organisations work with the children everyday and are in the best position to understand the children's needs. We fundraise for appeals sent to us by our partner organisations.

These projects make a real difference to the lives of children in need.

Some of our projects have included funding ten new tables for an education centre in South Africa, providing school items and clothing at the start of the new school term for poor children in Romania, sponsoring a music therapy project for children with mental disabilities and behavioural disorders in Argentina, and funding the building of a new classroom for a school in Ghana.

We are able to connect people, who want to give children a better start to life, to projects where their help will make a big difference.

Supporting our projects allows you to truly help children in need.

www.chworldwide.org

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. We aim to do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within their local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

Whilst we work closely with numerous statutory and voluntary organisations concerned with older people, our service remains unique.

We provide a group activity that encourages inter-generational links and friendships to develop between older group members and volunteers. Our groups operate at weekends, when most community services for older people are not available.  Moreover, Sunday has been highlighted to us by our members as being a particularly lonely day of the week. They are kept purposely small, and they meet in the welcoming environment of someone’s home.
Increasingly, research highlights the link between loneliness and ill-health in later life, including depression, certain heart conditions and even Alzheimer’s disease.

www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

The WallichWe are The Wallich. We’re doing something about homelessness. We give vulnerable people the accommodation and support to live safer, happier and more independent lives and become part of their communities.

We help the most excluded and marginalised people in society; those with no home, experiencing extreme poverty and suffering poor mental and physical health. We have successfully housed many who have been street homeless, helped those with severe social problems and supported many people in rebuilding their lives after experiencing homelessness.

We believe everyone deserves the right to a home, but more than that, that everyone deserves the right to feel safe, to feel valued and to feel positive about their future.

We have more than 60 projects across Wales and work with over 4,000 people every year.

www.thewallich.com

Each year our staff are challenged to complete 100 days’ volunteering for charities and community programmes of their choice. To date this has included supermarket food collections, tree planting, supporting soup kitchens, running half marathons, an inter office cycle ride and hosting tea parties for the elderly.

We also spend a lot of time supporting added value initiatives for our clients, particularly not-for-profit organisations, such as staff mentoring schemes and making our meeting and video conference facilities available free of charge.

We offer employability for students at our schools, colleges and universities. We also provide students work experience placements and help LPC students with mock tribunals and preparation for their advocacy exam. In collaboration with accountants, we deliver a commercial awareness session for law and accountancy university students.

We recognise that we are accountable for all our activities to our clients, employees, suppliers and the wider community in which we operate.

We are committed to behaving responsibly at all times and to making as full a contribution as possible to our local economic and social development while improving the quality of life of our employees.

We are committed to achieving environmental best practice through our business activities, and operate a process of continuous improvement in our operations, striving to reduce the impact we have on the environment, and our use of resources.

We have recently joined the Legal Sustainability Alliance, an inclusive movement of legal firms and organisations committed to working collaboratively to take action to improve environmental sustainability of their operations and activities.

We are also participants in the UN Global Compact.

CEIP facilitates trade and investment in sustainable technologies, improves international awareness of developments in green technology and supports low carbon economic growth across the Commonwealth.
CEIP engages with the RCS in some of the issues most challenging for member nations of the Commonwealth vulnerable to impacts of climate change and resource scarcity.
More than 50% of the world’s population currently lives in cities, with over 70% expected to be living in cities by 2050. The CEIP helps link Commonwealth cities to share experience and knowhow about their development challenges, to gain knowledge of applied technologies that will help cities manage growth and address current major environmental problems.

Legal SustainabilityUN Global Compact