As a firm Russell McVeagh has a long history in engaging in pro bono work. We recognise that many staff members are keen to give something back to the community and we wish to support this. We see this involvement as benefiting both our staff and the community.
Each team, including legal and support staff are encouraged to spend one working day each year volunteering for a team selected charity. As part of this initiative, many of the staff are also involved in volunteering for Homework Club which requires weekly involvement, and is open to all staff who are interested in participating.
Each Monday afternoon Homework Club invites approximately seven to eight staff members to attend a session with a group of Children from Glen Taylor School in Glen Innes. The idea is to spend an hour with the children, help them with their homework, and lend a hand to kids who may need extra support, to be a role model, or simply a friendly face. Around 30 to 40 children attend, and are spilt off into year groups. Each member of staff will then assign themselves to a year group and do their best to impart some wisdom, and encourage the children to work hard.
This activity only takes a short amount of time out of our schedules each week and can have quite a substantial impact. Becoming a regular tutor, means building a relationship with the children who attend each week, and in turn builds trust and respect. This can be a rewarding experience in itself and hopefully positively impacts the children's lives as much as it does ours. While only a small gesture, the response and appreciation from the kids has stood out amongst staff, and has proven to be a rewarding experience for all of those who have had the pleasure of attending the club.