Posted on 19 Jun. 2017
Communities are at the centre of our social responsibility
By Slater and Gordon
We’re a law firm built on social justice values, so it’s no surprise that giving back to the community is part of our business. We support our clients and local communities through these initiatives.
Slater and Gordon Social Work Services
This free social work service has been assisting clients since 2009 and we are the first and only law firm in Australia to offer this service to clients. We have long recognised the value of social work in addressing emotional and social issues which may arise if a person is affected by injury or illness. Following the overwhelming success in Victoria, the firm extended the service to clients in New South Wales, the ACT and, recently, to Queensland.
Health Projects and Research Fund Grants
The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and Research Fund is a philanthropic grants initiative focussed on improving care and treatment for people with asbestos-related illnesses, occupation caused cancers or with significant disability caused by a catastrophic injury.
Previous recipients of the fund include Royal Rehab NSW, the Victorian Spinal Cord Service VIC, the Lung Institute of Western Australia, the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, the Westmead Hospital and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.
Our Pro Bono Work
With our roots in social justice, we are passionate aboutpro bono public interest legal work in Australia. We have acted on behalf of people with severe disabilities, charities, community and indigenous groups. Our lawyers also volunteer at community legal centres.
Our pro bono work builds on the No Win No Fee initiative, which was established to provide legal representation to those who otherwise could not afford it. The company’s pro bono work takes this initiative further by committing to legal work that is of special public interest where the company derives no direct financial benefit.
Our Community Fund
The Slater and Gordon Community Fund is a philanthropic fund established in 2001 which offers grants to community groups in three key areas of focus. The fund was set up to help improve the lives of people facing various challenges, supporting initiatives that promote healthy living; assisting people with disease or disability; or addressing inequality and disadvantage.
Financial support is given to projects and initiatives which further these objectives. Previous fund recipients include the Royal Society for the Blind, the Fight Cancer Foundation, The Hills Community Aid initiative and the Joondalup-based Walk On program.
Staff volunteering initiatives
Many of our staff actively participate in their local community and we support and encourage them by offering volunteering leave.
Our volunteering policy allows staff to take up to two days volunteering leave per year. We also recognise that staff choose to volunteer outside their normal hours of work and we allow staff to access time in lieu entitlements.
Our volunteering initiatives include:
- Teaching English at refugee centres
- Serving meals at the Hamodava Café in partnership with the Collingwood Football Club and the Salvation Army
- Assisting Spinal Cord Injuries Australia to improve access to public toilets for people with a disability, the elderly and parents with prams
To learn more about our sponsorships and partnerships, you can visit us here.
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