Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019

66 Reed Smith Responsible Business Report 2019 Responsible Business Report 2019 Reed Smith 67 Community volunteering Our commitment to helping people in vulnerable communities is very important to our responsible business. During 2018, our volunteers took part in activity workshop sessions arranged by Create , the UK’s leading charity empowering the most marginalised of lives through creative arts. The sessions supported a centre for adult carers and a Mind centre for adults recovering from or experiencing mental health issues. During 2018, our volunteers took part in activity workshop sessions arranged by Providence Row at its centre to support people suffering from homelessness or housing difficulties. We hosted additional workshop sessions in our London office. Our volunteers took part in CV writing and mock interview sessions to assist the Providence Row trainees, who also took part in a six-week employability course at the centre. Feedback from Providence Row trainees who attended our August 2018 CV writing and mock interview sessions: “They were friendly and helpful. Gave me more confidence at mock interviews” “Definite eye opener. Felt really good about myself afterwards. Well looked after, super spread (food).” “Found it very helpful when I had an interview.” Feedback from Providence Row trainees who attended our November 2018 CV writing and mock interview sessions: “I found this session very useful and it has helped me understand more about interviews.” “My heart goes out to the Reed Smith volunteers and their life changing valuable time and mentoring.” Feedback from volunteers who attended workshops at the adult carers centre: “Thanks for the opportunity yesterday – it was really great to get involved. I had great fun, learned a lot (I now know what a dogu is), although had much less success in actually making one when compared to my esteemed colleagues!” “Thank you again for organising the volunteering session. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was great to meet such a lovely bunch of ladies who are great support for each other.” “Thank you for yesterday, I very much enjoyed meeting the ladies and doing something completely different.”

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