Over the past five years, we have raised over £210,000 as a firm for our previous Charity Partner The Rainbow Trust, and our current Partner, Mind. We are proud of our people who continue to be generous with their time in support of many charities and community projects.
We launched the Moore Kingston Smith Community Foundation in May 2021 to support greater engagement opportunities and broaden our collective impact.
With a history of undertaking innovative and rewarding projects to support the needs of local communities, forming the Foundation was naturally the next step in demonstrating our commitment to social responsibility.
Ring-fenced from Moore Kingston Smith LLP and set up as a separate entity, the Moore Kingston Smith Community Foundation operates as a legal charitable incorporated organisation in its own right, enabling better transparency and governance of the firm’s charitable fundraising.
The Foundation claims Gift Aid on all personal funds raised and collected. In addition, sponsorship monies raised are match funded for any registered charity, enabling our people to support their own chosen cause with additional backing.
Our charity partner is Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity, providing advice and support to those experiencing a mental health problem. Statistically, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year, so Mind offers a vital service.
Emma Ihsan, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Mind, said: “We are delighted that Moore Kingston Smith have continued their partnership with us. The money they raise will help to fund our vital services including Mind’s Infoline and the campaigning we do to ensure that the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year receives the support and respect we deserve.”
Our activities to raise money for Mind include running, walking, mountain trekking, cycling, skydiving and abseiling. Those preferring to keep their feet on the ground continue to join with bake sales, dress-down days, spring cleaning, sweep stakes and volunteering opportunities.
Moore Kingston Smith has always engaged with the communities close to us and the people we work with. More recently in these extraordinary times, we highlight just some of the terrific voluntary work our people are involved in. Their efforts create positive social value in the lives of many. Read on to find out more.
Nick Winters, Partner, volunteers as a mentor and mentor trainer. He has many years’ experience of developing mentoring skills and has a role in training other mentors.
Nick tends to have long-term mentees who focus on developing their skills. Other work concentrates on solving a shorter-term problem, such as a change of career or dealing with a particular problem.
Outcome for mentees
Outcome for Nick
Dionne Amoo, Business Development Manager, is a volunteer for Counter-Col Network (CCN) – a network that is dedicated to supporting black women in their working life experiences. As well as offering pragmatic support, such as affordable sources of coaching, counselling and legal services, CCN is a place for black women to feel solidarity and draw confidence from being around others with shared experience and understanding.
While volunteering with CCN, Dionne has been using her skills to build the CCN website, contribute to their future strategy and develop CCN communications to be concise, clear and welcoming for anyone who lands on their website.
Outcomes for CCN
CCN’s outcomes are generally based on the three elements of its mission: to create the space for black women to restore, be empowered and achieve:
Outcomes for Dionne
For Dionne as well, volunteering with CCN has been a transformative experience: “The whole experience has come from a negative and trying to turn it into a positive. Through CCN, I have realised that what I’ve been through is the result of a system, and I’ve been able to give myself a bit of a break. I’ve started to feel more empowered and confident about myself and my own experiences.”
In the future, Dionne will continue to be committed to CCN and their mission to make a better world, especially through support with their communications, strategy and events.
For an overview of our activity, take a look at our Snapshot of community activities 2020/2021.
As a people first business, we are committed to ensuring that our people feel supported and valued. In 2018, our people chose mental health charity Mind to be our charity partner and we have been working with them since to embed a greater depth of wellbeing within our culture.
Our wellbeing framework is designed to enable our people to reach their full potential. This includes developing trained mental health first aiders in all of our offices, building a wellbeing network, taking part in the Mind wellbeing index and leading from the top when it comes to discussing all aspects of mental health and wellbeing.
We understand some of the challenges that organisations may face when starting to implement a wellbeing strategy of their own. Our goal is to use our platform and experience to extend the conversation on wellbeing and mental health outside of our organisation and beyond. We hope that by having these conversations we can empower others to bring about positive change, and can learn from our community as we continue our own journey.
We are here and actively listening, so please get in touch if you have any queries, suggestions or would like to get involved.
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2019, Moore Kingston Smith is pleased to jointly launch a mental health video that they have sponsored featuring a song called ‘Talk it out’. The firm is fully behind raising awareness about mental health concerns and helping reduce the associated stigma.
In sponsoring this video, Moore Kingston Smith is reinforcing its continued commitment to improving workplace wellbeing.
Moore Kingston Smith managing partner Maureen Penfold said: “We’re delighted to sponsor this video. The more everyone talks about mental health, the more everyone benefits. The video tells a moving heartfelt story accompanied by a catchy soundtrack and specially composed song. Also, some of our people had the chance to appear in the video, playing extras in some of the scenes.”
It’s important to us that we continue to tackle inequality at Moore Kingston Smith and ensure our journey is ongoing.
2022 saw us welcome a diverse panel of speakers to discuss their own experience of breaking biases. Listening to their stories was inspirational, and they each offered up practical advice on how we can all work together to ensure we are contributing to making the world a more equal place.
Organised by our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee, the session aims to further understand how gender imbalance affects our people and what changes we can make to become a gender equal workplace.
For several years, Moore Kingston Smith has been organising an annual Action Day. Some 500 people from within the firm and associated businesses team up to spend the day working in local communities in London. Schools, adventure playgrounds, residential care homes, halfway houses, city farms and YMCAs all get lavished with our industry-grade elbow grease.
We work with local projects and charities where we can make a real difference. Building repairs, painting and decorating, manure shovelling, reading assistance, pond dredging…nothing is too much effort.
The time spent organising the day plus the time out of the office on Action Day itself amounts to some £400,000 per annum. However, the aggregate contribution we make to our local communities is far greater than this because so many people benefit from it.
The Moore Kingston Smith Community Foundation is dedicated to providing support to charitable organisations and projects. If for any reason you have not been satisfied with your dealings with us, we do want to know.
Find out more about how we are making a difference, please email Paul Samrah.