In Our Community – More than just law
From our very beginning, when we built our reputation as a leader in promoting access to justice and equality for everyone, supporting and playing a role in our local community has always been a significant part of our culture.
Over the years Cartridges Law has supported various Exeter and Devon-based arts festivals, charity campaigns, cultural programmes, equality forums, historical events and independent trade initiatives.
Below, we give details of some of the initiatives we’re currently and actively supporting.
Since 2012, Cartridges Law has worked in partnership with Radio Exe to deliver a live broadcast covering legal questions and answers. Over this time we have covered a wide range of legal topics in response to questions from listeners.
We see our support of Legally Speaking as a public service that helps the community understand its rights more clearly – a better informed community is a more empowered community.
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Women of the World
Cartridges Law sponsored Exeter’s first Women of the World (WoW) festival which took place in October 2017. This is a global festival, which originated at the Southbank Centre, London, and celebrates the lives of women and girls and is open to everyone.
In addition to sponsoring the event, Cartridges Law staff and partners were involved on discussion panels and in speed mentoring. The WoW initiative is something that reflects our values, and, we were proud to support it in its inaugural year.
Budding Friends is a project run by Age UK that supports people with dementia to find ways to live well and enjoy life.
It offers support to groups made up of people who have dementia and either a family member or their main carer. These couples will go through the project together.
We hold events several times a year to raise money for this initiative, as well as members of our staff offering hands-on support at the Budding Friends allotment.
Long-term supporters of Exeter’s Bike Shed, Cartridges Law is supporting The Boat Shed: a project to build a creative space for theatre, music, performers, artists, designers and makers on the Quay.
We have held a number of events at the new space, giving local business people the opportunity to see the development, hear more about the plans and raise the profile of the project.
Headway Devon is a local charity dedicated to improving life after brain injury. The charity works to provide essential services across Devon and Torbay for people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers.
At Cartridges Law we have supported Headway for a number of years through sponsorship of events.
Our involvement and support of Exeter Pride goes back to the very beginnings of the festival. Each year we’ve sponsored the celebration, provided volunteers and offered speakers to contribute to the programme of Pride events.
As a celebration of Exeter’s LGBTQ+ communities, we see Exeter Pride as a major feature of the City’s cultural calendar. With one of our firm’s partners (Bridget Garrood) being a leading voice in legal matters concerning LGBTQ+ rights, Cartridges Law has much to offer this important festival.
Exeter Dissenters' Graveyard Trust
Between 1748 and 1854 at least 1,300 Dissenters – Protestants who dissented from the strictures of the Anglican Church – were buried in a small plot close to Magdalen Road (Exeter). This burial ground became known as the Dissenters’ Graveyard http://www.edgt.org.uk/index.html.
As a site of significant historic importance, Cartridges Law helped fund some of the restoration work in the graveyard and provided volunteers to help at a practical level with some of the restoration.
Alzheimer’s Society's Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition.
Cartridges Law was the first legal firm to become a member of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and we are proud to support the work of Dementia Friends through training our staff and helping make Exeter a dementia friendly city.
Many members of our staff also give their spare time to help local and regional organisations. Partner Nicky Mein is a trustee at Westexe Nursery School; Karyna Squibb is a trustee of a charity providing emotional and practical support for bereaved children and their families; and partner Penny Scott is a supporter of the charity Homestart.
Exeter Cycling Charter
We are very happy to have signed up to the #Exeter Cycling Charter and fully support this initiative. As a firm we have many keen cyclists who regularly cycle to work and we enjoy sharing images of the beautiful views our city has to offer. The founder partner of Cartridges Law, John Cartridge, was also a keen cyclist (and still is) and had been known to forget to remove his cycle clips in court!