At Hugh Jones Solicitors, we work with vulnerable and incapacitated people and their families as our clients. It is a fundamental to how we want our practice to work, that we get involved in helping, in the communities in which we also do our legal work.
Fundraising and sponsorship
Dementia Action Alliances
We are currently part of Dementia Action Alliances in Bury, Salford, Manchester and Chorlton and have been actively involved in seeking to raise awareness among our fellow professionals about involvement in the Alliance and the Dementia Friends Scheme.
For the last two years our, employees have chosen to support two local charities, both of whom do work with homelessness in the area, and which are supported by two members of the firm on a personal basis. Funds raised and volunteering time is split between the two charities.
In 2017, seven members of staff trained and took part in the Salford 10k run, impressively raising nearly £200.00 for each charity.
This was followed up in 2018 with a team of ten taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride (a distance of just over 60 miles). The team included an employee and her husband riding on a tandem. Nearly £300.00 was raised for the chosen charities.
We encourage staff to become involved in volunteering work or pro bono work, in areas that are allied to our work as a firm and in areas that interest them. Members of the firm participate in volunteering legal advice at Clinics, working with charities such as Making Space, Age Uk, Alzheimer’s UK and Sibs (see below).
Sibs (http://www.sibs.org.uk/) is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. Siblings often need information to help them to develop relationships with their disabled brothers and sisters. Several members of our team have given their time free of charge, to deliver seminars and develop literature for the charity and its website following an introduction made by one of our clients.
Pro bono work
We offer our time free, to help charities or individuals who cannot afford to pay for legal advice or to help them preserve their funds to spend on other things.
In addition to giving free initial advice, where funding is an issue but we feel that a case is of great importance, work for the client a pro bono basis. In December 2017 we were the winner of the Pro Bono Award for Best Contribution by a Small Firm with Law Works
Our work with the Salford Institute of Dementia continues to address a wide range of public interest issues in this field both with other professionals and affected members of the public (please see the attached).
Loaves and fishes
Hugh Jones, our Managing Director is a trustee of Salford Loaves and Fishes, a charity providing support to homeless people in Salford through the Windsor centre – we give free legal advice to the charity in addition to Hugh’s time.
We regularly give talks to fellow professionals, particularly on the subject of the Mental Capacity Act. We also give talks to charities and their audiences about subjects important to them. This includes talks to
Environment and sustainability
We seek to minimise our impact on the environment in the following ways:
Many of our clients live with dementia and, in order ensure we are giving those client’s the best experience, and to promote dementia awareness, we felt it vital to become involved in the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Action Alliance. Since then we have:
See more information about our current community activities: