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Deloitte volunteers clock up over 3,000 hours for Futures Month

01 June 2021

Deloitte is marking Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June) with the conclusion of a month-long initiative (‘Future Month’) that saw its people volunteer over 3,000 hours - the equivalent to 19 months of pro bono work - as part of the firm’s 5 Million Futures social impact goal.

Deloitte people were invited to volunteer for different activities throughout May, including:

  • Helping students develop their critical thinking and communication skills;
  • Providing advice and support to an individual who is currently out of work, or at risk of redundancy due to COVID-19;
  • Coaching small businesses and charities affected by the pandemic;
  • Recording an audiobook for visually impaired people; and/or
  • Creating e-fact cards on Black and LGBTQ+ role models.

Over 1,300 Deloitte people signed up to take part including Richard Houston, senior partner and Deloitte UK CEO. Houston joined other members of the Deloitte UK Executive for a session with Sacred Heart Secondary School Camberwell, hosted by Debate Mate.

Houston said: “We volunteered to help students with their debating and pitching skills. Their enthusiasm and ideas were simply brilliant, and the session was definitely the highlight of my week! Volunteering gives our people an opportunity to develop their skills, give back to society, and make a difference for those who need it most.”

Over 650 people at Deloitte also signed up to support similar Debate Mate sessions. Students pitched ideas relating to technology, climate change or their local community and the best pitches went head-to-head in a finale with the winning team receiving seed funding of £1,000 from Deloitte as well as a session with the firm’s in-house creative design team to develop their idea further.

Claire Burton, director for Responsible Business at Deloitte, said: “We’re proud to encourage our people to volunteer their time and skills to benefit others. Face-to-face volunteering has not been possible, and we’ve had to re-think how we can make a positive impact in society during this difficult time. As well as continuing to support our existing school, charity and social enterprise partnerships, we are now also working with Governors For Schools, Action Tutoring, Tutor Mate and Business in the Community – all of which enable Deloitte people to volunteer their time and knowledge to help others remotely.”

Since 2016, the UK firm has made an impact on over one million futures – giving over 120,000 hours in volunteering, and 36,700 hours of work pro bono. Deloitte is currently working with over 70 partner organisations across the UK, helping the communities they serve to access education and employment as part of the 5 Million Futures goal. Deloitte’s responsible business team recently won ‘CSR Team of the Year’ at the Business Charity Awards.

The newest partnership commences this week with Just Like Us - an LGBTQ+ charity empowering young people to champion LGBTQ+ equality. As part of its Black Action Plan, Deloitte continues its partnership with Blueprint for All (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) offering pro bono skills and volunteers to help broaden young people’s views of what’s possible and help them gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need.

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Notes to Editor

Deloitte’s current school, charity and social enterprise partnerships are:
In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

  • 1625 Independent People
  • Aberdeen Foyer
  • Ada: National College for Digital Skills
  • Addey and Stanhope School
  • Auticon Ltd
  • Be The Business
  • Blueprint for All
  • Business in the Community
  • Cantell School
  • Cardinal Hume Catholic School
  • Change Please
  • Changing Lives
  • Children 1st
  • City of London Academy, Islington
  • Clubhouse Gibraltar
  • Coop Connell Academy
  • CrackedIT
  • Depaul UK
  • Earthworks St. Albans
  • Eastern High School
  • Every Child our Future
  • Fitzalan High School
  • Forward Trust
  • Framework
  • Future.Now
  • George Dixon Academy
  • Governors for Schools
  • Greenbank
  • Grow
  • Hannah Moore School
  • Hautlieu School
  • Hazelwood Integrated College
  • Holly Lodge Girls' College
  • Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form
  • IntoUniversity
  • John Madejski Academy
  • Just Like Us
  • Limehurst Academy
  • Llamau
  • Luminary Bakery
  • Maria Fidelis Catholic School
  • Merchant's Academy
  • Milton Keynes Academy
  • Mind
  • MK Snap
  • Morpeth School
  • Moseley School & Sixth Form
  • Move On
  • Nesta
  • NOW Group
  • Papworth Trust
  • Place2Be
  • Reading Refugee Support Group
  • Saltley Academy
  • Samuel Ryder Academy
  • Scope
  • Simon Community
  • Social Bite
  • St Mary Magdalene Academy
  • St Paul's Way Trust
  • St Peter's RC High School
  • St. Catherine's Hospice
  • Swanlea School
  • Teach First
  • The Big Exchange
  • The Children's Centre
  • The Forward Trust
  • The Luminary Bakery
  • The NOW Group
  • The Prince's Trust
  • Tong Leadership Academy
  • Tutor Mate
  • Action Tutoring
  • Unity Works
  • Whalley Range 11-18 High School

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