Addleshaw Goddard’s commitment to corporate social responsibility has led to a significant number of the firm’s employees joining the Prince’s Trust as volunteers. More than 100 staff from the firm’s Manchester office have agreed to provide personal or business mentoring and development assessments to the young people that the charity is helping.
The Prince’s Trust was launched in 1976 by the Prince of Wales and has now become one of the UK’s leading youth charities. It aims to help young people between the ages of 14 and 30 who have struggled at school, been in care or in trouble with the law, or belong to the long-term unemployed, to get their lives back on track. The charity offers a range of opportunities, including training, personal development, business start-up support, financial assistance, mentoring and advice.
All staff who volunteer are trained by the Prince’s Trust. Following the training, the charity pairs up volunteers with young people who will benefit from the one-to-one mentoring. Most of the volunteering is biased towards advising the young people to launch their own businesses, although it is not restricted to mentoring. For instance, around six of the firm’s staff are helping the Prince’s Trust to organise a music workshop.
Manchester-based corporate partner Tim Hamilton is leading the initiative.
As an added incentive to encourage more volunteers, Addleshaws is matching the time volunteers spend working with the Prince’s Trust with additional holiday.
Addleshaws’ Manchester office became involved in the Prince’s Trust in May 2004 with the intention of raising money for good causes that were local to that office. In addition to the volunteering programme, the firm hopes that over the next three years it can raise a substantial sum of money for the charity.
Addleshaws staff have also taken part in a wide-ranging programme of activities in a quest to raise money for the Prince’s Trust. These have so far included a quiz night, a lottery, various sponsored events and a fun day. A gala dinner will also be hosted by the firm next March. As an added incentive, Addleshaws has pledged to match every £1 raised by staff up to the value of £10,000.