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JLL joins LandAid’s new pro bono campaign

JLL’s Upstream Sustainability Services team joins initiative to encourage the industry to donate £200,000 of expertise to support charity projects across the UK


London, Thursday 17th July, 2014 – JLL is proud to be part of  LandAid’s new pro bono campaign to encourage its supporter network to give vital time and expertise to help disadvantaged young people in the UK.

LandAid, the property industry’s charity, is asking for companies to commit at least 10 days of free professional advice in 2014-15, making the intrinsic link between social objectives and the resources of businesses to drive change. The overall aim is to get 40 companies to donate 10 days each, an estimated value of £200,000. 

With over 75 corporate partners LandAid has the connections to successfully broker relationships between pro bono providers and charities to make a difference to vulnerable children and young people in the UK. A specialist team has been set up within LandAid that will work to match available expertise with the right projects.

So far 16 companies have already committed over 160 days in total, equating to 1,350 hours and more than £120,000 of pro bono property advice to LandAid’s charity partners. Many of these lack the time, expertise and experience to cope with some of the issues that inevitably arise with their buildings.

The campaign has already been backed by Chancerygate, Cushman & Wakefield, Gerald Eve, one5two, Grosvenor, GVA, Hawkins\Brown, Irwin Mitchell, JLL, John Robertson Architects, Knight Frank, Land Securities, LDA Design, Mace, MAKE and Telereal Trillium.

Joanna Averley, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: “Our pro bono campaign is the product of huge demand, both from the charity partners we work with, and from our industry who are keen to give something back. People are looking to business – as their employer, customer, client or supplier – to demonstrate how they are giving back to society and community.  LandAid and its pro bono programme is how an entire industry can give back and thereby have a greater and more meaningful impact.  This is a hugely exciting time for LandAid and a great opportunity to be part of the next phase of our journey.”

Julie Hirigoyen, Head of Sustainability at JLL, said: “At JLL we are always trying to think of new ways to create positive social value. Using our professional expertise to give charities practical help on a pro bono basis is a fantastic complement to our community investment programme. We are delighted to be a part of this important initiative, and we feel that LandAid is uniquely placed to be brokering such relationships in the property industry.”

The bono programme will enable charities to reshape, sustain and grow their vital services with free expertise including: asset management, property searches, lease negotiation and purchase, architectural services, building surveys, cost estimates, tender evaluations, construction, project management and property legal advice.

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Notes to Editors:
Pro bono case study: Venture Trust, Edinburgh and Stirling, Scotland

Venture Trust work with some of Scotland’s most disadvantaged young people, many of whom find themselves cut off from society. Some may even have had a spell in prison. Venture Trust Offers a range of outdoor personal development courses in the Scottish highlands for the vulnerable and at risk.

In March 2013 LandAid brokered pro bono property advice to enable Venture Trust to develop and implement a relocation from Stirling to Edinburgh.

Three LandAid supporters provided the advice; GVA helped find and negotiate terms for the new premises, prepared surveys and oversaw the building work in Edinburgh; Pinsent Masons reviewed the existing leases and advised on key steps and John Robertson Architects liaised with the charity over the layout, look and feel of the new Edinburgh premises, designed the new fit-out and providing construction information for the contractor

About LandAid

LandAid is the charity of the UK property industry. It works to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK who experience disadvantage due to their economic or social circumstances. As a charitable foundation supported by the property industry, LandAid finds ways to apply the generosity and expertise of the industry to this cause.

For further information about LandAid please contact Alex Williamson, Communications Manager, on 020 3102 7191 or alex.williamson@landaid.org.
 
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