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community action committee projects

Below are case studies of projects undertaken by the Browne Jacobson Community Action Committee. If you have something you would like our Community Action Committee to be part of, please let us know.

2015 so far…

Lorraine Ward attended the Raising Aspirations Day held by the Moor & Coastal Partnership Trust at the Royal Cornwall Showground on 25 June 2015. Seven schools with approximately 300 children aged between 9 – 14 years from the Cornwall area attended and the purpose of the day was to provide the children access to a variety of aspirational future employers in a fun way. We received the following feedback from the event organiser:

“I would like to say a big thank you for coming. The children had a fantastic time and there was nothing but good feedback from teachers and children”.

2014

Each office chose their charity for the year and proceeded to raise funds for them in their local area – in total across the offices over £11,500 was raised. The chosen charities were as follows:

  • Nottingham – the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Leukaemia Research Fund
  • Birmingham – Compton Hospice
  • London – Tower Hamlets Food Bank
  • Manchester – Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
  • Exeter – Children’s Hospice South West

Numerous and varied fundraising initiatives took place throughout the year over the offices including:

  • a keenly contested competition to grow the biggest sunflower
  • the traditional Community Action Day, with a book and CD sale, cake sale, treasure hunt, and the Browne Jacobson coin picture
  • our Managing Partner bravely faced the Ice Bucket Challenge
  • Wear Your Band T-shirt to Work Day, Wear Your Christmas Jumper to Work Day and the Christmas Card Scheme
  • Browne Jacobson Christmas Carol Service and Christmas Raffle.
  • a ‘Dragons’ Den’ initiative at King Edward VI Handsworth School
  • participation in the Oompa-Loompa Skydive for the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Staff also contributed to projects and collections for many local causes in 2014. In September 2014, 12 members of staff volunteered to commence work on a project at Green’s Windmill that would turn a large overgrown allotment area into a garden for children to have picnics and educational sessions on when visiting the windmill. The staff who attended made a massive impact and it is hoped that our connections with this project will continue. Two collections took place over the year, with five boxes of food collected for the food bank, Nottingham Hope, and 172 chocolate Christmas selection boxes collected for patients and their children at Hayward House Hospice in Nottingham. Staff also volunteered by doing the Reading in Schools scheme at St Ann’s Well School in Nottingham.

2013

On Tuesday 25 June 2013, ten community action volunteers went out to Keyworth Primary and Nursery School to help refresh a memorial area that the school had built in memory of a pupil who died following a five year battle with leukaemia. The volunteers helped to strip and clean an old painted wall, gave alot of decking a fresh lick of paint and generally tidied up the memorial area. It was a great effort by all the volunteers who took part and the headteacher was delighted with the results.

On the 27 June 2013, 13 community action volunteers went out to the Ashlea School in Cotgrave to paint the school hall, a cloakroom and a classroom. Despite being a large area to paint, the volunteers managed to complete the task and painted all three areas of the school. The day was a great success. The headteacher and staff were very grateful for all the hard work of the volunteerrs and the project brought together some of the Browne Jacobson staff who had never met before! The volunteers were delighted to receive a thank you card with photographs of the pupils inside shortly after the project was completed.

2012

On 22 February 2012, eleven volunteers braved a light breeze and a drizzle (or should that be wind and rain?!) to help clear a quad at a local primary and nursery school. The area needed clearing of stones, shrubs, fence posts etc, so that it was ready for builders to come in, lay artificial grass and redesign it as a useable play area for the children. The group managed to clear almost the entire quad (including a phenomenal number of decorative pebbles!), leaving just a small amount of finishing off for a parents’ work group to do the following weekend.

Once the quad had been redeveloped, the group was invited back for the official quad ‘opening’ on 29 March 2012. Three of the volunteers went along and joined the children, teachers, a representative from a local supermarket (which had donated some money for the project) and local councillors as a ribbon was cut and the quad was opened to the children for the first time. Following an Easter egg hunt, the children got to know their new play area (which now includes, amongst other things, a sand pit, a water play area, raised beds for herb and vegetable planting, covered activity areas) and the adults were allowed to join in too! It was fantastic to see the outcome of all of the hard work that the group had put in and to see how much the children loved their new quad.