London Volunteers Honored at First Community Investment Recognition Awards
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The London office recently held its first-ever Community Investment Recognition Awards to acknowledge the contributions of those lawyers and staff who have made a substantial time commitment to the various Community Investment programs in London. In addition, the awards recognized the contribution of three individuals who had been nominated by others for having gone above and beyond in their support for Community Investment.
One of the winners was lauded for his work at PC Pals, a program run in partnership with St. Luke's Community Centre that helps to develop the IT skills of local, disadvantaged residents. The volunteer has been supporting PC Pals since 2011 and during this period, he has helped many elderly people from the local community gain confidence in using a computer and the Internet. This program has the further added benefit of helping to tackle the social isolation some elderly residents experience.
Over the past six months, the London Community Investment program has helped 12 people to find employment, worked with 1,662 school children to increase confidence and raise aspirations, worked with 21 people in Spanish and English to improve their IT skills and allow them to keep in touch with their family and friends through the Internet, taken 100 students to the Houses of Parliament and 28 to the Bank of England, and cooked nutritious meals for 61 people, among other initiatives.