When we founded Hedley May, we made a commitment to make a positive impact on our broader communities. We focus on providing opportunity to the underserved through mentorship, internships, workshops and other career development initiatives. We are also dedicated advocates and supporters of numerous social mobility programs.
The Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice (SLJ) is a small, law-themed, non-charter public high school located in downtown Brooklyn. Its mission is to prepare its students, many of whom come from underserved communities across the city and will be the first in their families to attend college, for success in their education and career.
Hedley May champions SLJ’s conviction that the success of each student is a community responsibility. Our team works closely with SLJ students to help them finalize their applications and essays for a wide range of colleges, scholarships and internships. We also lead interview skills and resume-writing workshops for small groups of students, participate in the school’s Career Day, and host other mentorship programs.
In addition to volunteering at SLJ, Hedley May supports the school’s fundraising efforts.
Making the Leap is a London-based charity that improves social mobility by raising the aspirations of and increasing opportunities for young people.
Its mission is to develop the skills, confidence and outlook of young people from poorer backgrounds so that they can succeed in their chosen career – it has supported over 58,000 young people since opening in 2011.
Hedley May volunteers expertise through a series of CV workshops and mock interview sessions, building the confidence of these young people and improving their access to the opportunities they deserve.
The UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs) are the brainchild of Making the Leap and dedicated to making social mobility an integral part of how organizations are run.
The SOMOs themselves are a unique set of awards that have been specifically established to recognize and encourage action that promotes social mobility. They recognize best practices and celebrate excellence, elevating social mobility as a cause equal to other diversity issues.
Hedley May has been proud sponsors of the Recruitment Programme of the Year category since the recruitment award was launched in 2018.
Learn about how your organization can get involved in the awards.
The Prince’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity helping vulnerable young people get their lives on track. Since HRH Prince of Wales founded the trust in 1976, it has helped over 870,000 young people turn their lives around, created 125,000 young entrepreneurs, and given business support to 395,000 people in the UK.
The charity supports young people (often unemployed, excluded from school or in care) with a range of training programs, providing practical and financial support to build young people’s confidence and motivation. Each year it works with about 60,000 young people, helping three in four to progress on to employment, education, volunteering or training opportunities.
The Hedley May Challenge is an annual walk fundraising exclusively for The Princes Trust Fairbridge Programme. In the last 10 years the team has walked over 450 miles and raised over £160,000 with Hedley May matching every donation made! In addition to providing internships, our team also participates in hands-on volunteering and training events with the Prince’s Trust.