Clarkslegal is proud to support Contact the Elderly and Magic Breakfast 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.
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.
Magic Breakfast is a registered charity in the UK, ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn through the provision of healthy breakfast food and expert support to schools. A hungry child cannot concentrate so will miss out on half a day of lessons, every day, if not given anything to eat.
Magic Breakfast support schools with 35% or more pupils eligible for free school meals, or with 50% Ever 6 FSM, delivering nutritious food and bespoke advice on the optimum way to reach every malnourished and vulnerable child.
As our newest chosen charity for 2017, we look forward to helping and supporting Magic Breakfast in any way that we can- including volunteering at their fundraising events, and with monetary donations.
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 have established Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP), alongside the Royal Commonwealth Society, to support sustainable development and building resilience of emerging economies of the Commonwealth.
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.