Dee & Griffin Solicitors in the Community

Dee & Griffin Solicitors are committed to changing the landscape of local sporting opportunities for the disabled community of Gloucestershire. For over 5 years Dee & Griffin has played an integral role in implementing mixed ability rugby (MAR) union into Longlevens Rugby and multiple special needs schools across the country. MAR is an adapted form of rugby union to create an inclusive version of the game regardless of mental or physical disability, or the perception of not being good enough.

Dee & Griffin has supported these efforts by lending staff and expertise to create an effective delivery infrastructure and maintain financial sustainability. We were there from the beginning when no one had heard of MAR and no one from the disabled community of Gloucestershire had the opportunity to play in our rugby mad city!

Five years later the project has been an overwhelming success with over 40 adults playing MAR at Longlevens Rugby and over 120 pupils from multiple special education needs schools including the Milestone School, Alderman Knight School and Belmont School.

Key to the projects success has been maintaining successful relationships with a range of partners including the Chamwell Centre, Wooden Spoon and Longlevens Rugby.

Supporting our partners and lending staffing expertise is central to our Corporate Social Responsibility policy. We love Gloucester, we love rugby – and we are proud to helped so many people play the game regardless of their ability.

Finally, we allow all our staff out of the office one day a year to support our chosen course. We believe that lending a hand, rather than offering a pay out, has a greater and longer lasting impact on improving Gloucestershire and the people who live there.

Working on the successful project with our partners has resulted in some welcome recognition locally and nationally:

September 2021 –  Longlevens Rugby shortlisted for Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Gloucestershire Live Business Awards.

January 2020 – Longlevens RFC shortlisted for Gallagher’s ‘Rugby Club of the Season’. Chosen for its commitment to inclusivity and community within the sport through a highly successful mixed ability rugby project.

November 2018 – Longlevens RFC are shortlisted for Best Community Project at the Believe in Gloucester awards for their Mixed Ability Rugby project.

October 2018 – Dee & Griffin was shortlisted for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the Gloucestershire Business Awards for their work implementing and sustaining Mixed Ability Rugby in Gloucestershire

September 2018 – Elliot Fortey of Longlevens Rugby Club wins Volunteer of the Year at the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards for his role with the ground breaking Mixed Ability Rugby project.

September 2018 – Dee & Griffin won the Ageas Award at The Local Business Charity Awards following their nomination by Longlevens RFC for their support of the Mixed Ability Rugby project.

August 2018 – Dee & Griffin shortlisted for ‘Sponsor of the Year’ by Longlevens RFC at the Crabbies national Rugby Awards for their support of the Mixed Ability Rugby project.

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