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Eversheds 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Activities

2018 CSR Activities

Wellness Wednesday

For the month of December 2016, Eversheds Sutherland in Ireland chose to support three charities; St. Vincent de Paul, Inner City Helping Homeless and Alone. We support St. Vincent de Paul by participating in their Giving Tree campaign, whereby SVP provide us with tags for the giving tree and staff were encouraged to take a tag and purchase a gift for the apporpriate age/gender as specified on the tag. We supported the Inner City Helping Homeless by teaming up with them for their annual Christmas shoebox appeal. Finally, for ALONE we organised a bring and buy sale, our annual bake off competition and we held our annual ALONE raffle.
Our CSR Committee put together a programme of wellbeing activities every Wednesday during the month of April. They also organized a ‘steps challenge’ among each of the floors in our buildings. The winning floor was awarded with a healthy lunch and the accolade of being the fittest floor!
The activities that were held on Wednesdays included a talk from psychologist Gerry Hussey, a talk on sleep with Pamela King and a talk from Karl Henry on ‘How small steps can make a big difference’. WebDoctor came in on one of the Wednesday’s where they offered employees an annual health check.

Global Running Day

Our colleagues from around the world and in our Dublin and Belfast offices came together to raise funds for WaterAid. We did a 1km walk, 3km walk, and a 5km run. Collectively Eversheds Sutherland want to raise as much money as they can to help make a difference and provide access to safe water to as many people as possible. It takes €19 to provide one person with access to safe clean water.

GT5K

We were delighted to have a group of our staff members participate in the GT Corporate 5Km challenge. All funds raised went to The Simon Community.

GT5K GT5K

Launch of Workplace Mental Health Policy

We launched the firms newly developed Workplace Mental Health Policy in October. This policy is a statement of the firms’ commitment to work in partnership with colleagues who may suffer from any mental health issues throughout their career.
We launched this policy with guest speaker David Gillick who opened up about his own experiences with mental health, giving us some great tips.

Parenting month

Growing up in a digital world

Wayne Denner is a specialist in the area of the digital world who talked to us about how parents can take control and protect their children online.

First aid for children

Florentine Loughney from VHI taught basic first aid for children and infants and focused on assessment techniques, recognition and treatment of choking and the treatment of cuts and burns.

Raising a responsible child

Sheila O'Malley is a specialist in the area of practical parenting who provided practical tips for parents. Her talk focused on easier bedtimes, smoother mornings, establishing routines and managing anxiety.

Wellness, nutrition and fitness

Audrey O'Connor, a specialist in the area of wellness, nutrition and fitness for children. teenagers and adults gave advice on how we can incorporate a healthier lifestyle to our children.

Caring for elderly parents

Bernie Byrne, a Community Education Officer with HomeInstead, discussed the challenges of caring for parents as they enter their elderly years.

Accelerator Academy


Our Accelerator Academy was established to help support the following young high-performance athletes:

  • Patience Jumbo-Gula
  • Rhasidat Adeleke
  • Sarah Healy
  • Sophie O'Sullivan

The Academy aims to help each athlete reach their full potential on and off the running track. These four candidates are among the top young athletes in Ireland and we are really excited about our partnership with them. We appreciate how important it is to ensure a healthy life balance for athletes so that they thrive both on and off the track. Whilst each of the participants is working hard on their athletic performance with their coaching and support team, the Academy will assist with additional help in their non-athletic pursuits.

Accelerator Academy Athletes Accelerator Academy Athletes

Give a little this Christmas

ALONE

Annual ALONE Raffle

ALONE’s Christmas campaign highlights the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmas time. At the launch of this year’s campaign, ALONE again called on the public to ”have a laugh with loneliness” by calling to visit anyone who may be isolated or lonely this holiday season. The firm are proud to continue its 35 year plus support of this charity.
We held our annual ALONE raffle and donated €4,000 to the charity.

 ALONE Christmas Raffle

St. Vincent de Paul

SVP Giving Tree

The SVP Giving Tree is an appeal where SVP provide tags which were hung on the Christmas trees in all of our offices. Each tag has a suggested gender and age. People can take a tag from the tree, buy a suitable gift or voucher (minimum €10, maximum €20) and place it unwrapped under the tree. Each gift will then be collected and distributed to families in need so that no child or adult will be without a gift at Christmas.

SVP Giving Tree

FocusIreland

Our trainees organized a number of initiatives to raise much needed funds for Focus Ireland, including:

Shine a light night

A number of our colleagues took part in the “Shine a Light Night”. They spent one night sleeping-out to raise vital funds for Focus Ireland in aid of the work they do to tackle homelessness in Ireland.

Shine a night light

Makeup masterclass

Two of our trainees, Kirsty and Ciaran, who are also trained makeup artists held a very successful makeup masterclass. They demonstrated how to transform a daytime look into a night-time look – perfect for events over the Christmas period! Kirsty also did makeovers on the day of our Christmas party, where people gave a donation.

 

Christmas Extravaganza

The trainees hosted a balloon raffle with some great prizes. Each balloon cost €5 and they had a fantastic turnout with over 200 balloons sold!
Congratulations to all involved, approximate total raised for all initiatives was €8,600.

Barretstown

Paris-2-Nice charity cycle

Ciaran Walker, Consultant in Dispute Resolution and Litigation did the Paris-2-Nice charity cycle in September 2018.

Barretstown Golf Day

We were the sponsors for the Beat the Pro competition at the K Club.

Men's Health Week

We held a lunchtime talk with Richie Sadlier where he spoke about mental health. Having worked in so many different areas of the professional game in addition to his experience and knowledge in the mental health sector, Richie comes with a range of valuable insights and experience.

Dublin Pride 2018

We held a pride picnic lunch for the firm in the Iveagh Gardens.

On Saturday, 30 June we were proud to join the Pride Parade 2018. We started our celebrations early with a pre-party at the office, with balloons, face painting, goodie bags and refreshments for all. We then joined the Parade directly from the office and walked in pride together, showing our support.

Pride 2018 Picnic

GROW at work programme

Eversheds Sutherland participated in a 4-week GROW at work programme through GIY (https://giy.ie/get-involved/grow-at-work/workplace-wellbeing-2018;-grow-at-work.html).
This “al desko” growing programme was for individuals or teams. Each team received everything they needed to grow their own small container of food at their desks including:
– seeds
– compost discs
– compostable cups to grow in
– growing guides (all the GIY know-how)