At the beginning of 2012, junior Capsticks staff initiated weekly volunteering at the Wimbledon Guilds activity centre. A rota system has been drawn up by the junior staff and each week a small group of lawyers spends an hour at the Guild, assisting with activities or simply sitting and getting to know the service users over tea and biscuits.
The Capsticks choir also makes regular visits to the Guild to perform to the elderly service users and are often invited to perform at special occasions, such as their Jubilee Party and Christmas and Easter events.
Local community groups, such as the Guild, are under increasing financial pressure and the firms support in the last year has ensured that valuable services in the area are sustained.
“We are delighted to have worked with Capsticks over the last year. Wimbledon Guild is a long established charity providing a range of social care activities. Much of our work is focused on supporting ageing and enhancing mental wellbeing. In particular we aim to combat the social isolation experienced by many older people and to bring together different sections of the community. Capsticks have worked consistently and reliably with us to meet this goal. A diverse staff group, working at different levels within the firm , regularly provides entertainment (there is a particularly gifted choir) and befriending to our clients who benefit enormously from the lift they get from spending time with enthusiastic volunteers. ”
Wendy Pridmore, Chairman of the Wimbledon Guild