Business Charity Awards 2016: Charity Partnership, Legal - Olswang with Carers Trust

For an outstanding partnership between a company in the legal sector and a UK charity

Olswang staff supported Carers Trust
Olswang staff supported Carers Trust

What is the partnership?

Employees at the law firm Olswang selected the Carers Trust, a charity that supports carers, to be its charity partner in 2014. The two-year partnership was set up to bring in £100,000 while raising the charity's profile and signposting carers in the workplace towards support.

What did the company do?

Olswang offered its staff volunteering opportunities with the Carers Trust, provided pro bono legal advice and set a fundraising target of £100,000. Individual and company-wide fundraising initiatives included a 375km cycle ride between Olswang's Brussels and Paris offices, a concert and a charity auction. The Carers Trust has promoted its work to Olswang employees through an internal awareness-raising programme and a presentation to the company's LGBT network.

Why did it win?

Olswang has raised more than £80,000 in donations and is expected to reach the £100,000 target in May. It will allow the Carers Trust to support 287 carers. The charity's own research shows this investment saves the economy more than £4.8m. Olswang's support has allowed the trust to continue several vital projects, including a grants programme to give carers breaks. Olswang has also provided about £177,000 in pro-bono legal advice and saved the charity £10,000 in meeting-room costs. Employees spent at least 297 hours volunteering and fundraising for the trust during year one alone.

Highly commended

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