Trainees are encouraged to get involved as much as possible in the social and charitable aspects of the firm. In the second year, this means taking on one of a number of roles and responsibilities. This year I chose to take on the role of charity representative for the Manchester office.
Charity fundraising is a massive part of the firm’s ethos. Each financial year, every office votes to elect a charity to support for the year. For example, the Manchester office is currently supporting the Alzheimer’s Society. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for the charity through a number of events, raffles and sweepstakes.
The type of events we organise are extremely varied; everything from bake offs that would make Mary Berry proud, to cocktail evenings where the partners show off their mixing skills, and even pie and ale nights – the list is endless!
As well as supporting our local office charity, we also have fundraising initiatives which run across all of the national offices including monthly dress down days, the giving tree initiative for Kids Out (where last year the firm donated over 100 presents to refuge children) and a candy cane delivery service at Christmas.
We also support our colleagues in their own personal fundraising efforts. This year our colleagues in Manchester have raised money for a number of different charities such as: Walking with the Wounded, Everton in the Community, Liverpool FC Foundation, Cancer Research and the North Wales Cancer Appeal.
Although I am the charity representative for the Manchester office, we all work as a team in order to raise as much money as possible for our charity. In each office there is a local charity committee which a number of people are a part of from across the office, as well as an overall firm CSR committee. It simply wouldn’t be possible to plan all of the events without the support of the charity committee.
Every second year trainee is elected into a role carrying some added responsibility. As well as charity rep, some of the other available roles include; social secretary, TIN representative (for supporting the vacation placement students) or treasurer on the social committee. Organising fundraising events often gives the trainees a chance to catch up, socialise with and meet a number of different people from across the office.
Last weekend saw a team of 26 people from the Manchester office take on the Alzheimer’s Society 10k Memory Walk around Heaton Park. In total, £1,391.00 was raised to date with sponsorship still coming in!
Overall being the charity rep tests your organisation, time management and communication skills. There are always deadlines to meet and tasks to be done, however taking some time out to raise money for such a worthwhile cause is always rewarding.