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We take our community responsibility seriously and support a wide range of initiatives that contribute to the local community.

Volunteer work at the Bromley by Bow Centre

The London office has previously partnered with the Bromley by Bow Centre as the firm's charity of the year from December 2013 to April 2016. The centre is a brilliant community organisation in East London that supports one of the most deprived areas in the UK. Our people have helped with all sorts of projects, including: creating a wild flower meadow at the centre; helping to host a Christmas party for the elderly; participating in a job fair for local young people; and inviting ambitious youngsters to an 'inspire day' at the firm's office. From May 2016 onwards, the London office will continue to look at ways that the firm can support the Centre, for example, through providing business skills and support.

“It was very satisfying to see the difference that the Stephenson Harwood team of volunteers was able to make. It was also great to see how well used the Centre and its grounds are, to get an insight into the range of activities on offer and a sense of its importance to the local community…a real hive of activity!” 
Sharon White, chief executive officer

“Extremely rewarding – best thing I have done in ages.”
Stephenson Harwood volunteer

Partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Back in 2014/15, Stephenson Harwood and the Trust developed and launched an award-winning pilot scheme called the 'Access to Professions: law' programme, focussing on year 9 students from BAME and less advantaged backgrounds at the Harris Academy Greenwich.

This involved providing interactive speaker sessions, work experience, office visits, mentors and practical skills workshops, all designed to raise aspirations, broaden horizons, educate about the highly competitive legal profession and improve social mobility. The pilot scheme was a huge success, and in large part led to the Trust receiving Big Lottery funding to continue and widen the programme.

The programme now covers more industries and schools, and is called the Career Pathways programme. We continue to be a key contributor to the programme (now in its fourth year), offering the same activities, experience and visits to the students involved. Volunteers take part from across the firm, from business services through to partners.

The firm's involvement has now reached hundreds of students, contributed to a royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and seen its work with the Trust recognised during the year marking the 25th anniversary of Stephen's death.

We are immensely proud of our partnership with the Trust, and retain our commitment to the long-standing relationship that we have built.

“I have been hugely impressed by the enthusiasm and diligence of the students. They are a fantastic group of people and it has been such a pleasure to work with them.”

“It’s been refreshing and humbling to see just how much these talented kids have to offer – hopefully this great opportunity will have shown them that a career in the law, or indeed anything else, is a tangible reality rather than a pipe dream.”

Charitable donations to local charities and not for profit organisations in our local community

For example, we have recently made a substantial contribution to the City YMCA London for the New Errol Street Building Appeal.

Bookcase donation and volunteer for Bring Me A Book

In June 2016, the Hong Kong office raised funds to donate a bookcase to a local kindergarten through Bring Me A Book (BMAB). BMAB is an organisation which advocates family literacy by facilitating access to quality children’s books and empowering parents and educators to read aloud for future success in school and life. The Bookcase is filled with over 45 high quality children’s books in English and Chinese. On Friday, 17 June, 20 colleagues from the Hong Kong office volunteered and visited the kindergarten for its first reading session. They read to about 50 K3 children. The Hong Kong office has committed to provide regular reading sessions to the children of the kindergarten.

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