Simpson Millar supports Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) Convoy
The CWUHA is the response to the plight of vulnerable children in other countries and the UK from trade unionists, families and friends, who work in Britain’s postal and telecom industries. Simpson Millar LLP has been a proud sponsor of the CWUHA charity for many years and regularly participates in convoys delivering aid directly to the children.
For the 20th anniversary of the CWUHA, the convoy planned an ambitious journey to Moldova to renovate and open the Phoenix Centre, which would be an activity centre for children and young people with disabilities. This hoped to make sure that over 400 individuals could access the vital equipment they need every year. James Urquhart, our solicitor specialising in NHS Continuing Healthcare Claims, and Julie Dowd from Debt Free Direct (also part of Fairpoint Group PLC) joined the CWUHA for this convoy to Moldova. Click here to read more about their journey.
Lawrence Charlton volunteers at local soup kitchen
In the UK there are 13 million people living below the poverty line. Everyday people go hungry for many reasons such as benefit delays or an unexpected bill on a low income.
A lot of customers we deal with are in debt solutions because of financial difficulties or personal problems that lead to financial difficulty.
Julie Dowd a Customer Liaison Officer championed the project and contacted local homeless shelter and food banks, encouraging colleagues to volunteer. Julie has managed to secure 3 to 4 people to visit the soup kitchen every 4 weeks to lend a hand and experience how easy it is for people to fall below the line of poverty in the UK
Simpson Millar supports Corporate Alliance against Domestic Violence (CAADV).
Domestic violence sadly remains taboo in the workplace and despite years of campaigning and evidence highlighting the cost of domestic violence to the UK economy, employers have largely failed to implement any real support for victims.
The CAADV was launched by Baroness Scotland to help employers protect their employees through a number of cost-neutral measures. Our Emma Pearmaine Director of Family Services is a trustee for the Domestic Violence charity. She recently joined Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn at a reception for campaigners on the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November.
Emma say’s “I applaud the efforts of MPs in pushing the issue of domestic violence to the forefront, and now businesses across the country need to follow suit with concrete action,” “Pro-active support such as offering flexible working to attend appointments with support agencies, temporary changes to working times and patterns, and procedures to ensure a safe working environment such as telephone number change or call screening are all relatively inexpensive to implement but hugely effective and valuable for victims.”
Simpson Millar has been campaigning for the elimination of domestic violence since 2012 – reaching out to other businesses to share resources and experiences which have already been successful in supporting employees.