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28 March, 2007

Lawyers in schools programme comes to Manchester

The Citizenship Foundation’s Lawyers in Schools Twinning Scheme was launched in Manchester this week at law firm Addleshaw Goddard. Developed to increase young people’s awareness and understanding of the law, and legal issues, the scheme builds relationships between lawyers and schools for educational delivery about the law, which supports the teaching of Citizenship in schools.

Initially piloted in London, the Citizenship Foundation is currently rolling the project out nationally, with Addleshaw Goddard supporting our efforts in the North West. Marcus Jamieson-Pond CSR Manager at Addleshaw Goddard spoke at the launch, saying, " We were extremely pleased to be the first law firm in Manchester to join the Citizenship Foundation's Twinning scheme. The scheme provides our Trainee Lawyers with an excellent opportunity to give something back to local schools, by facilitating group discussions about legal principles with enthusiastic schoolchildren. We very much hope that the evening event, provided others with an insight into the scheme and that the speakers inspired others to support this worthwhile programme".

The programme builds strong community partnerships between schools and businesses and provides an opportunity for schools to get trained professionals into the classroom where thay can develop their knowledge of a range of legal issues such as rights and responsibilities, race relations, consumer law, employee law, human rights, stop and search, the youth justice system and immigration law. Volunteers use specially created resources and work with small groups of students and generally make two visits every half term.

Citizenship Foundation chief executive Tony Breslin said “This work stems from our commitment to help young people learn about the law and current legal and moral issues. Volunteers have found the scheme rewarding and a real change from everything else that they do and firms have found that it really benefits their employees development in the process. It also provides a great way for connecting the firm with its local community.”

Anyone interested in hearing more about the scheme, or who would like to explore the possibility of a more specifically tailored package (supported with training by Citizenship Foundation staff) please contact Sam Nicholson (Tel:020 7566 4154).

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