Our people are passionate about giving back to the communities in which we live and work. In the spirit of the season, Clayton Utz is giving to six charities with a connection to the firm that are making a difference in people's lives, in different ways.
If you would like to find out more about each of our chosen charities or join us in donating to these charities this holiday season, please use the links below.
Darwin: Bilata - Legal Pathways Program
The Bilata Legal Pathways Program aims to increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the legal profession in the Northern Territory, who are underrepresented compared to population figures. The program caters for First Australian high school students, university law students and other adults who may be interested in studying law.
Clayton Utz has welcomed potential legal students into our Darwin office to give an overview of what it is like to work for a law firm.
Click here to learn more about the Bilata Legal Pathways Program.
Canberra: Canberra College Cares
Canberra College Cares (CCCares) supports 140 pregnant and parenting students from the ACT and surrounding districts. The students are aged between 14 and 28 and have varying needs, life experiences, attendance patterns and levels of proficiency in all areas.
The program has seen a range of positive outcomes including enhanced levels of engagement, a sense of belonging, increased awareness and knowledge of employability and life skills, recognised qualifications and pathways to further education, training and employment.
Click here to learn more about Canberra College Cares.
Sydney: Dress for Success
Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life including outreach and prison programs. On average, 62 women a week will be fitted in donated work clothing and offered job application skills training.
Dress for Success has been a Clayton Utz Community Partner since 2012 and have received pro bono support and funding from the Clayton Utz Foundation.
Click here to learn more and donate to Dress for Success.
Brisbane: Ecumenical Coffee Brigade
For the last 48 years, the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade (ECB) has supported homeless and marginalised people within the Brisbane Central Business District. The services runs 364 days per year with a van out on the street, providing food, hot drinks and a welcoming presence.
Over a three-month period, the ECB provides approximately 16,000 sandwiches, 25,000 pieces of fruit and 15,000 cups of coffee.
ECB are a Clayton Utz Community Partner and we have been volunteering since 2015. The Clayton Utz Foundation have also provided grants for them to continue their daily service.
Click here to learn more and donate to the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade
Melbourne: Fitted For Work
Fitted for Work empowers women disadvantage get work and keep it. Programs develop each woman’s confidence and self-esteem as well as her skills and knowledge to obtain work. Services include; a personal outfitting and intensive interview preparation service, mentoring and 'staying employed' programs. 64% of the women helped get work within 4 months.
For over 11 years we have supported Fitted For Work through volunteering, pro bono legal work and grants. Most recently our people have volunteered in their prison program, which is funded through the Clayton Utz Foundation.
Click here to learn more and donate to Fitted for Work
Perth: Women's Legal Service WA
Women's Legal Service WA (WLSWA) plays a fantastic role in supporting disadvantaged women in WA by improving their access to justice.
Since 2015, a partnership was established with Clayton Utz and WLSWA for the referral of clients from WLSWA in some areas of law in which they are unable to assist their clients and, particularly in relation to claims for compensation for criminal injuries suffered as a result of family and domestic violence and sexual assault.
Click here to learn more about the Women's Legal Service Centre WA