At Simmons & Simmons, we are committed to giving our time, energy, ideas and skills to support individuals and organisations within the communities in which our people live and work. Our support is focused around the theme of access and making legal services and funding more accessible. We have also made a commitment to make the world of work, and the legal profession in particular, more accessible to people from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances.
For more information about our key community projects, please visit our latest CR Review.
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- The Big Issue Foundation
The firm has been providing pro bono advice to the Big Issue Foundation for over three years and we have extended our relationship with the charity through a number of new projects.
We have now supported a numbers of Big Issue vendors in our vendor development programme, each of whom sells the Big Issue magazine in our London office one day a week and completes a personalised training programme to enhance their employment prospects.
In November 2010 a number of employees shadowed Big Issue vendors in Covent Garden, London, gaining first hand experience of the vendors' everyday lives. Having learnt that vendors effectively run their own micro-businesses, the volunteers left with a new-found respect for their resilience and business acumen.
We coordinate a number of mentoring schemes across our international network. These range from reading with young children to advising university students. Our partnership with Moreland Primary School is our longest running (over a decade) and provides younger children with an opportunity to experience the joy of reading and improve their skills, particularly where English is not their first language. Secondary school, college and university mentoring schemes focus on providing career advice and guidance to older students thinking about further education or their choice of career.
- Twist Partnership
Simmons & Simmons joined the Twist Partnership to support a pioneering youth inclusion programme, ‘Step Up’. This project aims to empower young people from Tower Hamlets who are at risk of offending or exclusion from school by giving them the responsibility to organise and execute a large project, supported by members of the firm, and the opportunity of work experience placements across the business services departments. The firm was recognised for its work with Twist at The Lawyer HR Awards in 2010, with judges noting, "This is clear blue water...Simmons & Simmons are embedding themselves into the community."