Clarion works with a number of non-profit organisations in Yorkshire and Cumbria and has enjoyed a long relationship with educational charity.
Established in 1941, the organisation exists to unlock potential in young people through learning and adventure in the wild. It provides residential courses for young people aged 9-24; each course takes place in the outdoors and is tailored to meet the participants’ needs, with the aim of developing skills and qualities that enable them to thrive in life.
Since it was founded, Clarion has supported the Penrith-based charity, providing a range of legal services, particularly around property advice and commercial contracts. Kim Parry, Commercial and Finance Director of The Outward Bound Trust, comments: “As an organisation which has seen considerable change and growth during our long history, we have had to adapt the way we operate in order to ensure that we use our funds as effectively as possible to continually achieve the charity’s aims.
“Working with professional advisers such as Richard Moran and the team at Clarion has brought a vital commercial perspective to the organisation. Over the years, the firm has not only provided a range of legal services, but Richard has also become a trusted adviser. Having built up an in depth understanding of the Trust, he is able to utilise his business expertise and add real value to what we do.”
Richard Moran, senior partner at Clarion and head of its corporate and commercial solicitors team, comments: “The Trust is a fantastic charity which is as relevant today as it was when it was set up 74 years ago. With the much talked-of skills gap, it is more important than ever that young people are given opportunities to develop and fulfil their potential.
“Being involved with the Trust is extremely satisfying, both for me personally and for the team. We look forward to continuing to work with the charity to help it achieve its aim of being ‘charitable, commercially aware and robust’.”
One of the charity’s key initiatives for 2015 is the recently launched Skills for Life Award. The programme, which starts in June, aims to equip young people with the skills they need to move into work, apprenticeships, college or university. This year, 400 young people will participate in the programme which aims to grow to 1,000 participants by 2017. See the video here to get a taste of what The Outward Bound Trust can offer young people to help them stand out from the crowd when applying to college, work or univer