Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes not only help businesses meet their social and environmental obligations, but also offer real opportunities for personal development, enhanced staff loyalty and commitment. Ex professional soldier, Bob Le Vaillant, has over thirty years experience both as a practitioner and senior manager in the voluntary sector. In 1982 he founded Stepney Children’s Fund and in2005 retired as Deputy Warden and Head of Services for Children &Families at Toynbee Hall in London’s East End. Bob’s experience links mainly to community social work, out door learning, youth crime diversion, the recruitment, training and management of volunteers and he has unique experience in developing programmes fordis affected young people and those living in marginalised communities. Bob is a member of the British Association of Social Workers, British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Institute of Outdoor Learning. He was Chair of Governors of a Special School for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, founding trustee of the East London Schools Fund, a Youth and Family Proceedings Courts Magistrate in Inner London and now member of the East Kent Bench. Bob is an adoptive and past foster parent. He has worked with most uniformed youth organisations and continues to be linked with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. LeVaillant Owen assisted Northbourne Park, a leading public school in Kent, with Outdoor Learning Programmes.

Le Vaillant Owen can assist businesses develop CSR programmes in:

  • Diversity and Disability: Advice on meeting legal obligations for diversity and disability. Promotion of local employment schemes and local supply chain management.
  • Setting up Charitable Trusts and Foundations: Creating fund-raising and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Partnering existing organisations: Such as Capital Cares, Business in the Community (BITC), and the Princes Trust, to deliver CSR programmes.
  • Education: Volunteering as a School Governor;creating reading and numbers mentoring schemes, local Head Teacher Mentoring schemes. Sponsoring a City Academy or a Specialist school. Supporting careers fairs or Skill City or Take Our Daughters to Work Day.
  • Criminal Justice: Becoming a Magistrate; creating a Victim Support scheme; Police/Community Consultative Group, and/or Crime Prevention Panels. Promoting Police Mentoring schemes.
  • Youth Work: Volunteering in youth and community education programmes such as the Scout Association; Girlguiding UK and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Sponsoring youth activities.
  • Health: Establishing GP and health professional mentoring schemes. Promulgating good public health messages.
  • Recognition: Assistance in preparing businesses for FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability Index listings.