The Week That Was #249… 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
User-friendly employment guidance in a best-selling book. Showcasing the soul-soothing churches of North Wales. Promoting a new app for budding sports stars. Sharing the story of foster children’s fund-raising. Helping pet owners protect the environment.
Here’s five peeks behind our week at Working Word…
1) A user’s guide to employment rights
Did any of us really know what ‘furlough’ meant before 2020? Employment in the era of Covid-19 has ushered in not just a new lingo, but legal ramifications. Luckily our client Capital Law are ahead of the curve, as ever. We spent last year securing spots for Alex Christen, one of the firm’s employment lawyers, in major outlets like Marie Claire, The Telegraph and Stylist, giving insight and advice for employers and employees on topics like furlough, flexible working, pay gap reporting, redundancy and more. A few months back, we organised for Alex to speak with Laura Whatley, an ex-Times journalist, who was publishing an updated version of her Sunday Times bestselling book, Money: A User’s Guide. Alex’s advice and suggestions on how we can best understand our employment rights in an ever-evolving workplace have made it into the new edition, soon to be seen in a book chart near you.
2) Taking a look at the magical churches on the North Wales Way
North Wales is famous for its beautiful landscapes and magnificent castles, but what about its churches? Found in unique and mesmerising locations, the region is home to some of the finest sacred spots, not just in the country, but anywhere in the world.
We put together a feature for the Daily Post, exploring the must-see churches worth visiting on the North Wales Way (a road trip route spanning from Mold to Anglesey) carefully selected by our client, the National Churches Trust. You can view the piece here
3) Sharing stories of business savvy young entrepreneurs
As part of our work with Big Ideas Wales, the youth entrepreneurship service for 16-25 year olds in Wales, we’ve been telling the story of Tim Parker, a student at Cardiff University who has used his love for sports to develop an app which allows prospective students and universities to match based on the sports programmes offered on campus. Sportfolio is a way for universities to market their offering, while giving students the chance to search out universities that not only have courses that appeal to them, but also excel at extra-curricular sports. We wrote Tim’s story and sent it out to media in Wales picking up coverage in the Western Mail and South Wales Echo to name a few. Read Tim’s story here.
4) Stepping forward to fundraise for the homeless
Over the holidays, foster children in Cornwall raised money and awareness for people experiencing homelessness. The youngsters walked over 400 miles along the South West Coast Path with their foster carers and social workers, raising more than £460.
The funds raised by the children purchased warm items like sleeping bags, blankets, clothing and insulated mugs which have already been shared with people in local shelters. Donations will also support Breadline, a part of St Petrocs Society in Penzance, providing accommodation for people in need this winter.
5) Sharing an environmental warning for pet owners
New research from the University of Sussex into the effects of the use of flea and tick treatments on dogs and cats has revealed UK rivers are routinely contaminated with these toxic chemicals - which scientists expect to have a significant environmental impact on insect life.
We shared a letter to editor on this subject from John Burns, vet surgeon and founder of Burns Pet Nutrition. John believes pet households will also be contaminated with these insecticides and called for routine treatments to be stopped in the winter and used only when necessary. He shared the story of his own collie Lizzie, who lived for 16 years and was only treated for fleas three times.
John’s letter was printed in the South Wales Argus and the Western Telegraph.