Volunteering forms a central part of our CR programme. Everyone at Burges Salmon is entitled to volunteer and we encourage individuals and teams to help in the community in various ways. This can be as part of an informal project or through our regular volunteering schemes such as reading buddies or mentors in schools. We have also organised joint volunteering days with some of the firm's clients.

Over the past few years, we are proud to say that the number of people using their volunteer day has steadily increased, and in 2015 reached a record number.

We have established strong links with our community partners such as Brandon Trust, Bristol Zoo and Avon Wildlife Trust, as well as local primary and secondary schools through our work with Ablaze, BITC, Envision and IntoUniversity.

"Burges Salmon has been such a supportive partner since our launch in 2013. The firm's enthusiastic volunteers have helped with numerous programmes such as mentoring and business workshops. They add so much to the experiences that our young people have." Sam Whitehead, senior education worker and mentoring co-ordinator, IntoUniversity Bristol East

School governorships

A growing number of our people also take up trusteeships or school governorships. This allows them to develop their skills in a new environment and bring back some valuable experience to the workplace.

"Being a governor is a fulfilling experience. I have to utilise my skillset to analyse effectively the school’s performance. It requires being a ‘critical friend’ to the school, both in terms of celebrating its achievements and holding it to account in the areas that require improvement. Everybody on the board is driven by the same objective of ensuring that the school provides the best education possible, so that its children can flourish.” Second year trainee, Cate Brown, discussing her role as a school governor at Filton Avenue Primary School