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Published 18 April 2019
Founded by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Helpforce is at the forefront of improving the lives of NHS staff, patients and communities through the power of volunteering. The charity recently ran a campaign to recruit new volunteers for the NHS and so far 34,000 people have signed up. DAC Beachcroft, which has advised the NHS for over 70 years, has agreed a new partnership arrangement with Helpforce to work with the charity on a ‘low bono’ basis. During the first year of the partnership, while Helpforce is in its early phase, DAC Beachcroft will provide 50% of its time to support the charity on a pro bono basis. “Helpforce is set to play a significant role in providing support to one of our biggest clients, the NHS,” said Alistair Robertson, partner and health sector expert. “It’s no secret that resources within the NHS are in short supply and volunteers can make a huge difference to the everyday lives of staff and patients. We are delighted to be supporting Helpforce and are excited to see the results their efforts will have on the NHS over the next few years.” DAC Beachcroft’s partnership with Helpforce complements its hospital volunteering programme in which the firm partners with local schools and the NHS in three UK cities as part of Step up to Serve and the #iWill Campaign to make youth volunteering happen in NHS hospitals. The aim of the programme is to enhance the employability and skills of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, provide skills development opportunities for our employees whilst also facilitating a way for them to ‘give something back’ to society, and help the NHS to provide positive patient and visitor experiences whilst also attracting potential future recruits to help address its well-known recruitment difficulties. Lois Duguid, Head of Responsible Business at DAC Beachcroft said, “We have worked hard to align ourselves with partnerships that benefit our clients, our communities, and our people. Our new partnership with Helpforce, as well as our work with Step up to Serve and the #iWill Campaign, perfectly match the goals we have set out in our Purpose as a firm: to help our clients and colleagues succeed, and to create sustainable value for our employees, clients and our local communities.” Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett, Founder and Chair of Helpforce, added, “The team at Helpforce are excited to be partnering with DAC Beachcroft, and we thank them for their generosity and commitment to helping us shape the future of volunteering in the NHS. We not only welcome their expertise, we also salute the time their staff give as volunteers in the NHS.” DAC Beachcroft’s Health sector practice is recognised as the market leader in the provision of legal advice to the health and social care sector. The firm advises more than 300 independent and public sector healthcare clients in the UK, from internationally acclaimed hospitals to health tech start-ups. The firm’s hospital volunteering programme has been shortlisted in the CSR Innovation category of the upcoming Legal Week Innovation Awards and in the Best CSR Initiative category of the HR in Law Awards 2019.
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