Community Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility
Supporting our Communities
Wansbroughs care about the community in which we live and work. Community involvement has been one of the firm’s core values for many years. As part of their individual personal career development, our lawyers and support staff are encouraged to be conscious of the needs of their wider community and to play their part by using their skills to provide help to a wide range of charities and voluntary organisations.
Making a difference is a key component of who we are. We achieve this through charitable work, charity fundraising, diversity, being good corporate citizens and managing our impact on the environment.
Volunteer work undertaken by our staff and partners:
Becoming school governors
Participating in ‘employability’ programmes with local secondary schools
Advising local charities on governance and constitutional issues
Offering pro bono work such as professional support for lottery and public authority grant applications by local organisations to redevelop and fund improvements to facilities
Becoming board members for local companies/ institution
Supporting youth projects
Becoming trustees of local and national charities
Supporting local cultural activities of the community
Supporting local community projects for example through rotary clubs
Here are some examples of our recent fundraising activities:
Cake bake and sale for Macmillan coffee morning
Dress down day for Children in Need
Christmas Jumper day for Jemima’s gift
Sponsored team triathlon for Jemima’s gift
Participation in charity quiz for Julian House
Attendance at charity balls and golf days fundraising for Julia’s House Hospice
Wiltshire Community Foundation:
Wansbroughs have set up a charitable fund with the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon. This fund is invested and used to provide money and support where people need it most in Wiltshire and Swindon.
Examples of recent activities of the Wiltshire Community Foundation include:
Helping young people from lower income families access a University education
Helping young people from the most deprived areas access further education and training
Providing ‘Surviving Winter’ grants – essential funding for households in fuel poverty
Providing ‘Personal Support’ – grants awarded to children with a physical disability, learning difficulty or health problem
Funding ‘Wiltshire Portage’ which employs a Home Visitor to provide targeted, bespoke support for families of pre-school children with special needs
Funding arts projects for older people
Our commitment to the environment
At Wansbroughs, we are conscious of our impact on the environments in which we work.
We actively ensure that we manage our carbon footprint. One way in which we do this is through recycling programmes. In 2017 we saved over 200 trees through recycling our paper and cardboard. We also consider water and electricity usage and are broadening our recycling programmes to include other common waste materials such as plastics. We aim to use fair trade products to promote ethical standards.
We have installed shower facilities on site to enable people to cycle or run to work and reduce their personal environmental impact by leaving cars at home.
We minimise business travel wherever possible and use phone calls and conferences where appropriate. Staff who are required to travel for their role are also provided with the facilities to work remotely.