Community Responsibility

We, at GoodyBurrett are committed to supporting our local community. We are very proud to be a part of many charities and continue to help our community through our work and fundraising.
Autism Anglia

Autism Anglia

Colchester

The firm are extremely proud to continually provide support to our local charity, Autism Anglia. They are independent charity that provides care and support to autistic children, adults, and their families in East Anglia. The charity also seeks to promote greater knowledge and understanding of autism through training, education, and supplying information to the public and professionals. They offer several services for autistic people and their families. We are in regular contact with the team at Autism Anglia and will assist and advise them on numerous matters. The Private Client team also run a Will Scheme on behalf of the charity throughout the year. We, as a firm continually strive to support and raise awareness of autism by supporting Autism Anglia.
Grassroots

Grassroots

Our Managing Partner, Alice Brett has been a Trustee of Grassroots charity since 2014. Thanks to the support of local businesses and individuals, Grassroots charity has a long track record of helping to make a real difference to people’s lives. More than £700,000 has been distributed as small grants to voluntary organisations across Colchester and Tendring helping local people, particularly those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, lonely or isolated. Grassroots grants have been used for a wide range of purposes such as mentoring services for vulnerable children, play equipment for a pre-school sensory garden and cookery classes for individuals who have been homeless. Alice attends regular panel meetings helping to govern the charity and consider funding applications as well as manning the Grassroots stall at local events. Voluntary organisations wishing to apply for funding should visit the Grassroots charity website.
Beacon House

Beacon House

One of our partners, Cate Cussell is Trustee of Beacon House. Beacon House Ministries is a Christian charity that was established to help homeless people, those in insecure accommodation and those at high risk of homelessness. Beacon House offers a wide range of support services including medical care, providing a necessary and vital lifeline to vulnerable individuals. Cate is very passionate about working with the local homeless community and bringing them solutions with a spiritual context.
Next Chapter

Next Chapter

Cate Cussell has also recently stepped into the Chair of the board of trustees for Next Chapter (formerly known as Colchester & Tendring Women’s Refuge). This is a domestic abuse charity working across the areas of Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree & Uttlesford.  They provide free and confidential services to support people who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse. Cate has previously worked with the CEO Beverley Jones and is looking forward to seeing what is next in store for the charity.
Armed Forces

Armed Forces

Helen Firth, one of our partners, has made a commitment to support military spouses to have a professionally prepared Will. All too often, a serving member of the Armed Forces will have a Military Will in place, but their spouse will have no Will. It can be problematic putting down roots and having any real stability as a military family, and as such this can often leave people feeling like there is no real point in preparing a Will or feeling like they have no real reason to prepare one. This is not the case and Helen is encouraging military spouses to have Wills. As a military spouse herself, Helen has first-hand experience and knowledge. She currently offers free simple Wills to military spouses to ensure their affairs are in good order.
Dementia Friends

Dementia Friends

The Private Client Department are Dementia Friends’ through Alzheimer’s Society. Through this scheme, they can raise awareness and have an understanding so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want. The department thereby can take a professional, personal, and caring approach to their advice and assistance. The team already liaise with other departments of the firm as to how they can provide cross-departmental support surrounding a vulnerable client or their family members. The firm endeavours to consistently look at ways to improve their services to our clients and their families that are affected.
Mind West Essex

Mind West Essex

One of our partners Georgina Leighton is a Trustee at Mind West Essex. The vision of the charity is that West Essex be a place where people talk openly and positively about mental health and where everyone gets the support and respect, they need to live well. Georgina is proud to be a part of a charity that does such valuable work. At the heart of what the charity does is aim to find ways to provide practical and easily accessible support to everyone that may need it from help with life management skills through to therapy and counselling. The Mental Health First Aid training that Georgina has received has been invaluable and a big part of helping to build the sort of culture at the firm, where it’s ok not to be ok and more importantly it’s ok to tell those around us.
Rotary Club of Colchester

Rotary Club of Colchester

Robert Macaulay is a member of the Rotary Club of Colchester, which carries several charitable activities from helping with Beacon House, Age Concern Colchester, to giving approximately 250 Christmas hampers to people in Colchester who need help at Christmas amongst many other things.   At the beginning of the pandemic, the Rotary raised and gave over £25,000 to several local charities and community organizations. Robert has also been heavily involved with raising awareness of the neurological condition, Polio and has travelled to India on various occasions to take part in National Immunisation Against Polio Days (NID) in New Delhi.
Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre

We are also very proud to have adopted a seat in the auditorium at Mercury Theatre as part of their ‘Mercury Rising’ project.
Colchester Garrison

Colchester Garrison

GoodyBurrett is very proud to have a long-standing commitment to supporting the army in Colchester. Sue Devereaux, our experienced Family Solicitor offers a free Family Law Legal Surgery on the last Wednesday of each month at the Community Centre in Fallowfield Road, Colchester. Any military personnel can book an appointment and discuss any aspect of their Family Law matter with Sue. The Family Legal Clinic has run for many years by Sue, who is extremely committed to assisting those within the military community.

Throughout the year, we always have fundraising events such as Silly Sock Day for Autism Anglia, Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children and Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer Now. Always keep a look out on our social media pages to see what fundraising we are up to.