Law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has announced its new charity partners in Plymouth including Jeremiah’s Journey, Our Plymouth and Plymouth Foodbank.
The firm will be supporting all three charities through fundraising, volunteering and raising awareness.
Jeremiah’s Journey provides bereavement support to children in the Plymouth area who have experienced or are facing the loss of a close relative or of someone significant.
Our Plymouth aims to improve citizen and community engagement across the city and has a single digital platform that is used as a powerful tool to connect, communicate, collaborate, inspire and recognise citizen and community action.
The Plymouth Foodbank, which is part of The Trussell Trust’s network of 428 foodbanks across the UK, works to tackle food poverty and hunger in the local community.
Maria Emberson, head of responsible business in WBD’s Plymouth office, comments: “Developing and nurturing long lasting relationships is core to our philosophy.
“When it comes to our responsible business strategy, this translates into true collaboration and partnership working to achieve maximum social impact.
“We’re thrilled to be working with all our new charity partners, to raise awareness of the inspiring work they do for our communities, and to support them through high-impact fundraising, volunteering and mentoring initiatives.
“Our new partners fit in perfectly with what our responsible business objectives hope to achieve in the areas of the 3Es: Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship as well as social inclusion. We look forward to working with them to make systemic and sustainable change in our communities.
“Hunger in the community continues to be a big issue in Plymouth and has wider negative impacts in relation to employability and education for young people.
“The problem has only been exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and so it was very important for us to join forces with our local foodbank and work together to tackle the very real problem that is food poverty in this country.”
WBD is already heavily involved in a strong responsible business programme in Plymouth, supporting a number of charities, community projects and initiatives.
Last year the firm joined the COVID-19 emergency response and pledged thousands of pounds to support a number of charities across the region and also worked with local schools to bridge the digital divide, donating a large number of laptops to support those pupils home-schooling who have no access to technology.
In an effort to tackle food poverty throughout the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, the firm also donated £30,000 to foodbanks and other food charities across the UK.
Ranking in the UK’s top 20 law firms, WBD is the transatlantic law firm close to home with a large office in Plymouth where around 150 people are based.