Thomson Playford has jointly won the 2007 Premier’s Business Award in Volunteering, the award being presented to the firm on 11 June 2007 by Governor Marjorie Jackson-Nelson and Minister for Volunteers, Jennifer Rankine, in front of a large crowd at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, as part of Volunteer Day celebrations.
Thomson Playford won the award for its work in providing free legal advice to homeless people in Adelaide.
The prestigious Premier’s Business Awards in Volunteering recognise the invaluable contribution of the business sector to the community through its support of volunteering. The aim of these awards is to recognise and honour those companies that are leading the way by making a difference in their community through their involvement and support of volunteers. This year, Thomson Playford was one of only four organisations to receive this Award.
Thomson Playford’s volunteer program involves its lawyers attending the Housing Legal Clinic run by Welfare Rights Centre (SA) Inc at the Byron Place Community Centre, which is a centre for the homeless in Adelaide. The Housing Legal Clinic is a new, free legal service for the homeless and those at risk of being homeless in South Australia. Lawyers from Thomson Playford attend the Centre every Wednesday to provide free legal advice to the homeless people who visit the Byron Place community centre. The issues that the lawyers face are very varied, and range from tenancy problems, traffic fines, unpaid fines, guardianship issues and matters relating to debt.
“Thomson Playford is very proud to win this Award in recognition of our involvement in volunteering services” Chief Executive, Brett Goodridge, said.
“Our lawyers who volunteer at this Clinic certainly don’t do so for public recognition, but we are honoured that our community involvement has been recognised and rewarded with such a prestigious award.”