As our mission as a social purpose law firm has evolved over the years, it has become increasingly important to us to monitor and evaluate the real-life impact of the work completed each year in supporting our purpose of improving lives, communities and society.
Today marks the launch of our latest Social Impact Report, which highlights the work our teams have completed over the past year with a wide range of clients from the charities, housing, local government, health and social care sectors as well as our work with private individuals. We quantify the impact of our work by collating statistics and case studies that best illustrate how Anthony Collins Solicitors has helped improve lives and communities.
There was no shortage of fulfilling cases we had the privilege of working on in 2021. We played a key role in supporting the region’s housing sector, by partnering with Frontier Development Capital and the West Midlands Combined Authority to make the ambitious Help to Own scheme a reality. Piloted in Wolverhampton, ‘Help to Own’ provides a more straightforward path to home-ownership by offering residents the means to purchase their home for £1 after renting it over a 25 year period - over 4,000 people have already registered their interest in the scheme.
We also supported care home providers to understand and implement the new regulations following the announcement in July 2021 that everyone working in care homes would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 by November. This included working with umbrella bodies National Care Forum and Care England, and developing a toolkit for employers, with template letters and guidance on creating a vaccination policy.
Last year saw the launch of our Social Mobility Toolkit. Anthony Collins Solicitors has always been actively engaged in promoting opportunity and sharing insights on how to implement more socially diverse approaches to employment. Our toolkit provides a central framework and practical resources for employers to begin addressing social mobility issues in order to make their workforces more inclusive.
The statistics we have gathered show the national reach of our social impact: we registered 139 new charities with the Charity Commission; advised on funding projects raising £850m money to build new affordable housing, and advised on the transfer of homes worth £195m between charitable housing associations.
This is just a snapshot of the work our teams have completed this year. Throughout the pandemic, we have found that people want to support businesses with an authentic purpose. Our Social Impact Report demonstrates the purpose of our work, through the stories of people's lives that have been positively impacted by the work of our talented teams at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Please click here to access a copy of Anthony Collins Solicitors’ Social Impact Report and view the accompanying videos.