Volunteers from our London office support the work of Blackfriars Settlement charity, through its Positive Ageing group and The Crusoe Club, a group for the blind and visually impaired.
“At first it felt like simply lending a pair of hands to ensure the members could enjoy days out, social occasions, and Christmas lunches, but it soon becomes much more,” says Caroline Greenwell, a Senior Associate in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, who has volunteered with The Crusoe Club for a number of years. “My days with the members have been some of the most rewarding times I have spent at the firm.”
Strong bonds have also been formed on both sides as a result of the partnership. “The volunteers I get from Charles Russell Speechlys are more than volunteers to me — they’re friends,” says Tina Johnston, Coordinator for Positive Ageing Services at Blackfriars Settlement, pointing to their continued support during COVID-19. “They are phoning Crusoe members and really cheering them up.”
Activities include ‘Life Matters’ drop in-presentations on varied legal topics delivered by our trainees, an annual Halloween quiz night, Christmas lunch at our London office (including a visit from Santa), cooking and preparing Christmas lunches at the Settlement, and day trips out.