Goughs Charity of the Year

Goughs Solicitors are proud to support charities in and around Wiltshire

Charity of the year FearFree

Our charity of the year from April 2023 is FearFree.

FearFree is the leading charity working to break the cycle of domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking across Wiltshire and the Southwest. They support over 3,500 adults and children every year in Wiltshire to not only keep them safe but help them to rebuild their lives free from fear and abuse.

Their support is tailored to the person’s needs and experiences, and they help them right from crisis intervention, through to 1-1 or group work recovery sessions, to specialised employment and education programmes. They recognise that abuse has no bounds and all of their services are completely free of charge and open to all genders, sexualities, backgrounds and beliefs.

About FearFree

“I came as a completely broken person. The support and education I received was invaluable. It saved mine and my children’s lives.”

FearFree recognise that supporting a victim and their family is just part of the solution. To really break the cycle, they must address the cause. To do this, they run successful perpetrator programmes that enables people to recognise and address their abusive behaviour to stop it from happening again as well as programmes that seek to raise awareness of the signs of abuse within schools, colleges, community groups and businesses.

They change lives, provide hope for the future, and give people the opportunity and skills to flourish in their future relationships. Not just for the short term, not just until the next time. But permanently.

For more information please visit: www.fear-free.org.uk.

Our charity of the year process

With our Charity of the Year initiative, we aim to apply our Goughs values of trust, teamwork, engagement, excellence and accountability beyond our immediate reach. We achieve this by supporting charitable causes to make a tangible difference within the Wiltshire communities we serve and with them, our clients and employees.

At Goughs we have a strong track record of building successful corporate partnerships with our respective Charities of the Year, having supported a wide variety of causes over the years. Our teams are passionate about getting involved in a varied and creative mix of fundraising efforts, both organised by ourselves and our partner charities. Beyond this we are keen to actively and regularly engage with you throughout the year to explore ways to work together, keeping our relationship dynamic and making the most of our twelve months of collaboration.

In our experience, truly engaging our whole workforce in our charity partnerships is crucial for making the most of the Charity of the Year cooperation. Where this has previously worked well, for example has been through volunteering opportunities for our colleagues which have proven to be a fantastic way of building a deeper and more enduring relationship between our organisations. We are also keen to hear about any events or initiatives you are planning and will encourage and support our colleagues to contribute in any way they can.

November 2023

On 30th November 2023, we will stop taking new applications for our 2024-2025 Charity of the Year.

December 2023

All applications will be reviewed by the Goughs Selection Committee.

February 2024

The Head of Charity will contact the successful Charity.

March 2024

Our marketing team will work with our new charity’s fundraising team to create a 12 month plan of activities including the launch plan for April.

April 2024

We will launch our Charitable partner for the 2024-2025 period.

Working with our respective Charities of the Year has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience for all of us in the past and we are grateful for the opportunities we have been given to get involved.

In essence, all we would like to ask from you is your enthusiasm for our partnership. A passion for sharing your purpose and goals with our colleagues as well as proactiveness to help us foster collaboration in a variety of ways are important to us.

We believe that a dynamic and engaging approach to working together from the start is a main ingredient for the continued fantastic results we achieve with our Charity of the Year initiative.

The application to become our Charity of the Year 2024-2025 is now open! Good luck to all those who enter. 

Click here to apply. 

The chosen Charity will be contacted in March and officially announced in April. 

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