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We take our responsibility towards the community in which we live seriously

Corporate Social Responsibility

We play an active role in our regions, not only in business but also in community life.

Staff are encouraged to engage in community support work and projects both during office hours and outside. We do this by granting extra holidays for days spent on worthwhile causes whilst at work and advertising widely the activities. We also match-fund any amounts produced as a result. Involvement in community projects also provides us with a valuable source of personal learning and development as well as enabling us to deliver important professional advice and support.


VWV's Charitable Trust

We have our own charitable trust, the VWV's Charitable Trust, which makes regular grants to regionally based charities and which provides substantial financial support to our Charities of the Year for London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham. Such charities have included within recent years The Haven, Peace Hospice Care, the Julian Trust Night Shelter, St Basils, Bristol Children's Help Society, The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the Rainbow Centre, Avon Outward Bound, MusicSpace, Windmill Hill City Farm, Sailability, St Peter's Hospice, BRACE and St Mungo's Broadway.

Each year, staff from VWV's offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham nominate their chosen charity of the year. Our current nominated charities for 2017/18 are:

In addition to financially and directly supporting local charities, the Trust also donates funds to Quartet. Set up in 1987, Quartet is an independent registered charity which manages and distributes funds on behalf of individuals, companies, charitable trusts and statutory agencies primarily to meet needs in the West of England. Their aims are therefore very much in tune with our emphasis in supporting local charitable causes.


Home Start CamdenHome Start Camden150

Home Start Camden offers free support and practical help to parents of children under five who are going through a difficult time. Set up 20 years ago, the charity aims to increase parenting skills and confidence, reduce isolation and help families make better use of local services.


Home Start Watford and Three RiversHome Start Watford 152x152

Home Start Watford and Three Rivers volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face, such as post-natal depression, isolation or bereavement, by providing emotional and practical support. The charity was established in 1993 and helps over 120 families each year.


Ronald McDonald House, BristolRonald McDonald Bristol 150x147

Ronald McDonald House, Bristol helps families with critically ill children by providing free accommodation and support whilst their child is in hospital. Ronald McDonald House Bristol opened in 2002 and has looked after 7,090 families over the years.


Women Acting in Today's SocietyWAITS 225x74

Women Acting in Today's Society offers holistic support to women, addressing issues such as welfare benefits, housing, domestic abuse, isolation, physical and mental health, etc.


Support to Voscur CharityVoscur 159px

The firm offers 'in-kind' support to Voscur through provision of meeting space. Voscur is a charity that provides direct support services and specialist advice to voluntary organisations and social enterprises across Bristol.


Support to One25

The firm offers 'in-kind' support to Square Food Foundation through provision of meeting space. One25 One25reaches out to women trapped in, or vulnerable to, street sex work, supporting them to break free and build new lives away from violence, poverty and addiction.

They are a Bristol based charity, founded in 1995, and the only organisation specifically supporting street sex-working women.


Support to Square Food Foundation

The firm offers 'in-kind' support to Square Food Square food foundation logoFoundation through provision of meeting space. Square Food Foundation is a community cookery school and kitchen, based in Knowle West, that teach people from all walks of life to cook good food from scratch.

The students include adults with learning difficulties, older people at risk of social isolation, young people NEET, street sex workers supported by the One25 charity and more! To support their work with Bristol’s schools, community groups and charitable organisations, they deliver masterclasses, pop-ups and teambuilding workshops and use all profit to further their work with people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to attend.


Support to SARSAS

The firm offers 'in-kind' support to SARSAS through provision of meeting space.  SARSAS full Logo

SARSAS is a charity that provides support to people who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives.


The Meningitis Research Foundation Benefits from Local Businesses

As part of the relocation of our Bristol office to Narrow Quay House in November 2015, VWV donated office equipment and furniture to international charity Meningitis Research Foundation.


Shaun in the City

In 2015, Aardman’s internationally-acclaimed character Shaun the Sheep appeared in two ewe-nique art trails! Over 100 giant sculptures of Shaun the Sheep created by artists, celebrities and designers placed in iconic locations across Bristol and London.

Shaun in the City is brought to you by the team that created the award-winning Gromit Unleashed which saw Aardman’s loveable canine sidekick Gromit raise £2.3 million for the Bristol Children’s Hospital.

We were delighted to be a founding sponsor for a second year running, having previously sponsored Salty Sea Dog as part of the original Gromit Unleashed trail.


Gromit Unleashed

In the summer of 2013 we took part in Gromit Unleashed, an interactive art exhibition trail in Bristol. The trail concluded with the Gromit sculptures being auctioned, the sale of which has raised over 2 million pounds for the Grand Appeal, Bristol Children's hospital charity.

We are now the proud owners of Sir Gromit of Bristol, who sits in our Bristol office reception. To find out more about his journey, please watch the short video clip below by creative designer Ian Marlow.

The making of Sir Gromit of Bristol - Gromit Unleashed by Ian Marlow.


Our staff are regularly involved in the community, in an individual capacity and professionally too.

A few recent examples include:

  1. Charity bag packing at the supermarket - dedicated members of our Private Client team manned the tills at a local Waitrose packing groceries to raise money for BRACE.

  2. Abseil down the Senate House Library - ten brave staff abseiled down the iconic building which housed the Ministry of Information during World War II, the building consists of 19 floors and is 210 feet high. The challenge was in aid of our fantastic nominated London charity, St Mungo's Broadway, who help people recover from the issues that create homelessness and they also provide a bed and support to more than 2,500 people a night.

  3. Putting Down Roots project - our green-fingered lawyers had a rewarding day volunteering for the St Mungo's Broadway Putting Down Roots project.

  4. Colliers TRYathlon - a number of staff entered the Bristol triathlon which consisted of a 400m swim, 16km bike ride and a 5km run. A big well done goes to our commercial property partner, Steven McGuigan, who retains the winning title for another year and continuing to raise awareness for the main charity sponsor of the event, the Children's Hospice South West.

  5. John o'Groats to Land's End - charities Lawyer, Jaime Parkes, regularly competes in tough sporting activities in the name of charity, having previously completed the London Marathon, Jaime is currently undertaking a 874mile 'epic cycle' to raise funds for St Giles Hospice in the Midlands.

  6. Amba Hotels City of London Mile - a dedicated team of runners took
    part in the London race, going past many iconic and historic landmarks. As a team, our runners won the Corporate Mile Challenge with the £1,000 prize going to Trinity Hospice.

  7. London to Paris cycle - Trainee Solicitor, Emily Jenkins completed the challenge to raise money for VWV's Bristol charity of 2013/14, Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

  8. BPAA Cyclosportive 2014 - several members of our Real Estate team have taken part in many of Bristol Property Agents Association's (BPAA) charity events. A team a cyclists recently took part in the Annual Cyclosportive event which attracted over 300 riders and was a phenomenal success, raising important funds for the sponsored charities Penny Brohn Cancer Care and Transplant Sport.

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