Friends Legal have a deep history with supporting our local community. For many years we have been the key sponsor for the Spartans Community Football Academy. Charity has become an integral part of our business culture and our team take part in vital fundraising for our favourite causes every year. We are proud to have partnered with charities that we are passionate about.
We have a particular focus on assisting those who are seeking to make positive changes in society and those who are also seeking to overcome adversity. This approach is entirely consistent with our vision and values which encompass our approach to everything that we do.
If you choose to leave a gift in your Will, your donation could make a huge difference to one of these charities and those they support. If you would like to leave a legacy in your Will, please get in touch with the By Your Side Team to get started.
Our Charity Partners:
Cancer Research UK Free Will Service
During this particularly challenging year, it has never been more important to support charities like Cancer Research UK. Lockdown and social distancing measures have caused a fundraising crisis in 2020, with events being postponed and cancelled across the country. As such, Cancer Research UK has predicted a drop of £160 million in income this year and a loss of £300 million over the next three years.
While Cancer Research UK remains focused on improving cancer survival to 3 in 4 by 2034, the charity’s life-saving research is facing difficult cutbacks in response to the economic impact of coronavirus. Cancer Research UK has already taken immediate action by cutting £44 million of planned research to cope with the significant change in funding. In the longer term, the charity also expects to scale back its workforce by almost a quarter and introduce a new research model which will cut spend by £150 million.
Not only do charities have a significantly reduced staff role and income at this time, but they are also dealing with a surge in demand for their services. A great way in which you can show your support to Cancer Research UK is through our free Will writing service.
Friends Legal are proud to partner with Cancer Research UK as one of their official Will writers. With Friends Legal you can write your Will for free through the CRUK Free Will service. In the UK, 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Thanks to the efforts of organisations such as Cancer Research UK, survival rates have doubled since the 1970s and more people now beat breast cancer than ever before.
Spartans Community Football Academy
Edinburgh is generally regarded as an affluent city, however, sadly there are some concentrated areas of multiple deprivation on par with the most deprived areas in Scotland. Some of these areas are in our local community of North Edinburgh, where it is our vision to deliver positive social impact and change through the power of people and sport.
The Spartans Community Football Academy delivers a range of community football coaching programmes for boys and girls aged between 3 and 12 years. Our focus is on the development of football skills in a safe, friendly environment. Our staff are all Scottish Football Association qualified and are experienced junior coaches. When you purchase coaching from us you are supporting our social enterprise to deliver education, health and wellbeing and youth work programmes in our local community where there are areas of some of the highest social deprivation in Scotland.
Cerebral Palsy Scotland
For twenty-five years, providing specialist intensive therapy using the Bobath concept has been at the heart of what we do. Alongside our individual therapy for both children and adults, we bring the CP community together through organising group activities for a range of ages and stages, and work to share CP-specific information both online and face-to-face. We are also advocates for policy change, pressing for everyone with CP to have life-long access to knowledgeable, compassionate services and support. Collectively, our services help people with CP build skills, knowledge, confidence and relationships and make the most of their abilities.
Together with the CP community we serve, we will always continue to explore possibilities and work to make the most of every opportunity. Lockdown and coronavirus restrictions continue to have a negative impact on the physical and mental health of people with cerebral palsy. To tackle this, Cerebral Palsy Scotland’s CP Connect service is offering free therapy and support to children and adults. CP Connect aims to help address the physical and emotional needs of people with CP at this time, and help build strength, mobility and confidence.
We deliver simple acts of kindness through our creative campaigns – encouraging & facilitating others to share love with handmade volunteer gifts via #GiftofaHeart, #WingsofLove & #NeverForget. We are active in our community through primary and secondary schools, universities, and local support groups, to bring people together to promote kindness and community engagement. We provide small financial grants to support individuals who have life-challenging difficulties arising out of bereavement, disability, financial hardship, and/or mental health. This may include assisting with funeral costs. We support health & wellbeing services by enabling patients to take an active part in the charity through creative activity to make a difference to someone else. Often sharing kindness has a positive impact on mental health.
Home Start Glasgow South
Established in 2000, Home-Start Glasgow South is a leading family support charity based in and operating across the entire Southside of Glasgow. We believe that ‘childhood can’t wait’ and our aim is to ensure that children have the best possible start in life. At Home-Start Glasgow South we work with families who are facing difficulties and recognise the ongoing challenges of raising children in the safest and most nurturing of environments whilst coping with the stresses of e.g. ill health, isolation, disrupted relationships, poor & insecure housing, financial insecurity, trauma, abuse and loss. Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we’re helping. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support.
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre
At Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, we offer free and confidential specialist support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people and young people aged 12-18 who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. This includes, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation.
We work to prevent sexual violence, advocate for change and provide a vital support and information service for survivors of sexual violence. We work to empower survivors and we need your help to continue to our life changing service.
Giving a gift to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre in your Will means leaving a powerful legacy that will make a difference to survivors of sexual violence after you’ve gone. However, you choose to remember ERCC through your Will, and whatever size your legacy may be, you can be sure it really will be appreciated.
Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card is one of the Uk`s most prominent anti-racism charities. Through educational initiatives the charity aims to reduce the impact of racism in society. Often closely linked with football Show Racism the Red Card hosts training events in schools, workplaces and stadiums and educates more than 50,000 people per year on the topic of anti-racist initiatives.
Friends Legal was keen to become involved and to support the noble cause pursued by the charity. To this end Friends Legal took sponsorship of an event that led increased awareness and provided much needed funds for the charity to continue to expand its efforts. Our commitment to Show Racism the Red Card is ongoing and we regularly participate in Red Day fundraising for such an inspiring initiative.
Other Charities & Initiatives We Support
We look to support as many charities and initiatives as possible. Our staff have raised funds for charities such as:
- Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland
- Barra Island RNLI Lifeboat
- Scottish SPCA
- Sarcoma Research UK
- Motor Neurone Disease Scotland
- Christmas Parcels and Food Parcels for Quarriers to help approximately 70 families
- St Andrews Hospice, Glasgow
- Murrayfield Racers
Our journal page showcases our ongoing efforts to help others along with stories that have inspired us.