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the community action committee - engaging with the community

2 June 2011

Here at the firm we have a community action committee (or the CAC for short) which co-ordinates the firm’s charity and community work.

Each year the firm and the Committee nominate a ‘Charity of the Year’ this year that charity is Home-Start Nottingham who provide direct, practical, “in the home” support to around 183 families. With the support of its volunteers, Home-Start Nottingham is able to provide families with a level and consistency of help that is not available elsewhere.

During the year the CAC hold events such as book/CD sales, organise collections at events and get involved in a variety of projects. This year 13 of the trainees including myself (!) are taking on the EPIC Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for our chosen charity, you can see more details about our preparation for this feat elsewhere on the blog.

As well as one off events we also hold regular ‘Jeans Days’ where you pay a donation for wearing your jeans to work for the day (client meetings permitting of course!). These are held every few months and are well supported across the firm.

The Committee and other employees also get involved with Reading in Schools. Volunteers visit the schools one lunch time session per week for a school term where they practice reading with pupils, usually on a one-to-one basis.

The CAC and the firm as a whole also get their hands dirty for charity by being involved in various outdoorsy projects such as clearing out old canal basins. I took part in one of these events when I first started work alongside the other trainees, it was a great day, a good way to meet others in the firm and give back to the city…. and the results at the end surprised even the least green fingered of us!