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Irwin Mitchell Staff Celebrate Centenary With National Day Of Volunteering

Law Firm Join National Day Of Volunteering


Teams of employees from law firm Irwin Mitchell traded their laptops and phones for gardening gloves and paint brushes to take part in a national day of volunteering to celebrate the firm’s centenary year.

To mark its 100 year anniversary, Irwin Mitchell sent 100 volunteers out into the local communities surrounding their national network of offices over the course of one week to take part in a variety of tasks and make a positive impact on the people and places around them.

Staff form the Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol offices joined an international army of over 35,000 volunteers from 550 companies who were out and about making a positive difference in their local communities in support of Give & Gain Day, the UK’s largest day of employee volunteering organised by Business in the Community. Meanwhile, the Birmingham, London and Glasgow offices teamed up with local charities to coordinate their own projects.

Staff from the law firm helped with gardening, painting, building fences, managing sports day events, erecting green houses and other tasks at Worthwhile Occupational & Recreational Krafts (WORK) Ltd, Threshold housing for the homeless and vulnerable, Victoria School and Specialist Arts College, Malcolm X Community Centre, Ashcraig School, Temple Newsome Farm, Trinity Hospice and assisted the environmental regeneration charity Groundwork improve the Wingrove area of Newcastle.

Volunteering as part of the Sheffield team was Partner Adrian Budgen, who commented: “Irwin Mitchell has an extensive community programme and regularly coordinates volunteering projects for our staff.

“However, this is the first national day of volunteering at the firm and to have been able to provide over 100 volunteers across the country, all with the main aim of making a positive impact in their local area, is a fantastic achievement. This is testament to the importance our employees place on giving something back and supporting their local communities.

“Volunteering is a fantastic way to get involved with the community, meet new people, make a difference and experience something new. It is also great to get out of the office for a worthwhile cause.”

Commenting on the campaign, Gennie Franklin, Programmes and Employee Volunteering Director, Business in the Community said: “We’re pleased that Irwin Mitchell has joined our global movement of employee volunteers this year. Volunteering is one way in which businesses can start to build real relationships and help to transform the communities they live and work.

“The companies that take part in Give & Gain Day 2011 should be proud of their involvement, as their activities will make a real lasting difference on the lives of those people with the greatest need. Staff benefit too as it’s a valuable way to have fun, learn and develop new skills.”

Irwin Mitchell is committed to being a socially responsible organisation and encourages staff to take part in a variety of volunteering projects through a comprehensive community programme that covers raising attainment in schools, supporting vulnerable groups and offering pro bono support to those who need it the most.

In addition to the national day of volunteering, as part of the firm’s centenary celebrations, Irwin Mitchell will be supporting one national charity, Help the Hospices, in all of its offices as Charity of the Year 2012.