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30 September 2015

CSR Trainee Induction Day

The Charles Russell Speechlys Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team recently welcomed our new trainee solicitors with a day out at local charity Blackfriars Settlement.

Our trainees spent the day with the Crusoe Club, which consists of visually impaired older people who use the services of the Settlement.

Engaging with the local community is something that Charles Russell Speechlys values highly, which made this activity the perfect way to introduce our trainees to our values and culture our firm is built on.

After learning something about the work of the Settlement from Mark Beach, Director, and Tina Johnston, Older People’s Services Coordinator, our trainees set off on a treasure hunt around Southwark, to help build the teamwork skills they would need to get the most out of the day ahead.

Along the way, the trainees worked to earn “Blackfriars Bonuses” by completing challenges – such as icing a cupcake whilst blindfolded – which were designed to give them an understanding of what it means to live with visual impairment.

Once all the treasure had been collected, a delicious lunch cooked by volunteer chefs from our caterers ISS Eaton was served to the members by the trainees.

Following lunch, the trainees and members joined up to take part in a quiz, with the ‘Crusoe Club Round’ offering trainees an insight into the amazing lives of the people with whom they had just shared lunch.

Tea and cake, kindly donated by ISS Eaton, ended a fun filled day.

One trainee commented: “I came out of the day much more interested in pro bono and getting involved. It was also nice to talk to the members about all sorts of things and I feel it has made me a better communicator by being more aware of how I phrase sentences. ”

Tina Johnston said: “Thank you for making lovely things happen and spreading light and happiness to our visually impaired older people’s Crusoe Club. Charles Russell Speechlys has made Fridays so good, making it possible for me to make this group of lovely people feel included despite their disability. ”

We look forward to many more get togethers with members of the Crusoe Club in the future.