London Office CSR activities.


Community Day Clean Up

13 Employees from One Coleman Street went to the rescue of a local primary school in Islington.

Moreland Primary School asked Legal & General to help them on their community day, where we joined families, children, staff and friends to tidy up the gardens and give the school a makeover ready for September.

The garden had been neglected for a number of years so the keen volunteers put a project plan together and organised themselves on where to start and which tools to use. Most importantly they made sure to keep all the Pinecones for the children to decorate in the run up to Christmas.

Throughout the day 14 Legal & General employees volunteered to turn an overgrown garden into a safe outdoor classroom.

Improvement works have been taking place across the school, throughout the summer break. The school has a lot to look forward to - as they will be moving into a new building in the coming years.

Who knew London's pensions industry was so cool?

On 2 and 3 February over 300 actuaries, lawyers, fund managers, consultants, trustees and others packed out the 100 Club on Oxford Street, for their second annual "battle of the bands". Our very own “Priority 1” was in there.

Over the two nights, 12 bands fought to be crowned champions of Pensions Rocks 2011.

Pensions Rocks is a one of a kind event for the pensions industry, allowing actuaries, lawyers, accountants, investment experts, consultants and trustees to fulfil their wildest rock fantasies in one of London's most historic venues. And it's all for charity. Each band arrives representing their own chosen charity, and the winning band takes home the lion's share of the money raised on the night, through ticket sales, band entry fees and a raffle.

Priority One, LGIM’s rock band took part to raise money for their chosen charity “The Royal Marsden”. Over the two nights over £15,000 was raised for Charity.

Pensions Minister Steve Webb and shadow minister Rachel Reeves acted as compere for the evenings.

MONEY MONEY MONEY EVENTS

On 3 February a team of 9 Legal & General volunteers from London worked with Magnified Learning to provide 210 Year 10 pupils at Quintin Kynaston in London deliver the sixth Money Money Money session in 12 months.

“Money, Money, Money” provides help to over 1,000 Year 10 students (14 and 15 year olds) a year to prepare them for adult life and to understand the value and management of money.

The programme is free for schools and involves Legal & General employees working along side facilitators to help small teams of students solve a series of practical problems to build their confidence about managing money in the real world, for example; What might I expect to earn in my first job? If I move out of home how much will it cost me? What are my options if I get into difficulties?

Legal & General is sponsoring the event as part of our commitment to encourage more people to save and as part of our CSR commitment to supporting our local communities.

The day was a huge success and feedback from the students and volunteers was very positive. The major learning outcome for the day which was to gauge how confident the students felt about financial challenges faced by young adults increasing from 42% lacking in confidence to 92% feeling confident by the end of the day, of which 63% felt very confident.

A comment made by a student was “How life’s like in the future and how I will be able to cope. To think carefully how I spend money in the future. I learned about financial difficulties that I will face as an adult and learning how to handle money sensibly and effectively.”

Since then, a further 17 volunteers took part in two more events at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.

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