Deloitte volunteers clock up over 3,000 hours for Futures Month

Deloitte is marking Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June) with the conclusion of a month-long initiative (‘Future Month’) that saw its people volunteer over 3,000 hours - the equivalent to 19 months of pro bono work - as part of the firm’s 5 Million Futures social impact goal.

Deloitte people were invited to volunteer for different activities throughout May, including:

  • Helping students develop their critical thinking and communication skills;

  • Providing advice and support to an individual who is currently out of work, or at risk of redundancy due to COVID-19;

  • Coaching small businesses and charities affected by the pandemic;

  • Recording an audiobook for visually impaired people; and/or

  • Creating e-fact cards on Black and LGBTQ+ role models.

Over 1,300 Deloitte people signed up to take part including Richard Houston, senior partner and Deloitte UK CEO. Houston joined other members of the Deloitte UK Executive for a session with Sacred Heart Secondary School Camberwell, hosted by Debate Mate.

Houston said: “We volunteered to help students with their debating and pitching skills. Their enthusiasm and ideas were simply brilliant, and the session was definitely the highlight of my week! Volunteering gives our people an opportunity to develop their skills, give back to society, and make a difference for those who need it most.”

Over 650 people at Deloitte also signed up to support similar Debate Mate sessions. Students pitched ideas relating to technology, climate change or their local community and the best pitches went head-to-head in a finale with the winning team receiving seed funding of £1,000 from Deloitte as well as a session with the firm’s in-house creative design team to develop their idea further.

Claire Burton, director for Responsible Business at Deloitte, said: “We’re proud to encourage our people to volunteer their time and skills to benefit others. Face-to-face volunteering has not been possible, and we’ve had to re-think how we can make a positive impact in society during this difficult time. As well as continuing to support our existing school, charity and social enterprise partnerships, we are now also working with Governors For Schools, Action Tutoring, Tutor Mate and Business in the Community – all of which enable Deloitte people to volunteer their time and knowledge to help others remotely.”

Since 2016, the UK firm has made an impact on over one million futures – giving over 120,000 hours in volunteering, and 36,700 hours of work pro bono. Deloitte is currently working with over 70 partner organisations across the UK, helping the communities they serve to access education and employment as part of the 5 Million Futures goal. Deloitte’s responsible business team recently won ‘CSR Team of the Year’ at the Business Charity Awards.

The newest partnership commences this week with Just Like Us - an LGBTQ+ charity empowering young people to champion LGBTQ+ equality. As part of its Black Action Plan, Deloitte continues its partnership with Blueprint for All (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust) offering pro bono skills and volunteers to help broaden young people’s views of what’s possible and help them gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need.

Deloitte’s current school, charity and social enterprise partnerships are:

In this press release references to “Deloitte” are references to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”) a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

1625 Independent People

Aberdeen Foyer

Ada: National College for Digital Skills

Addey and Stanhope School

Auticon Ltd

Be The Business

Blueprint for All

Business in the Community

Cantell School

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Change Please

Changing Lives

Children 1st

City of London Academy, Islington

Clubhouse Gibraltar

Coop Connell Academy


Depaul UK

Earthworks St. Albans

Eastern High School

Every Child our Future

Fitzalan High School

Forward Trust



George Dixon Academy

Governors for Schools



Hannah Moore School

Hautlieu School

Hazelwood Integrated College

Holly Lodge Girls' College

Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form


John Madejski Academy

Just Like Us

Limehurst Academy


Luminary Bakery

Maria Fidelis Catholic School

Merchant's Academy

Milton Keynes Academy


MK Snap

Morpeth School

Moseley School & Sixth Form

Move On


NOW Group

Papworth Trust


Reading Refugee Support Group

Saltley Academy

Samuel Ryder Academy


Simon Community

Social Bite

St Mary Magdalene Academy

St Paul's Way Trust

St Peter's RC High School

St. Catherine's Hospice

Swanlea School

Teach First

The Big Exchange

The Children's Centre

The Forward Trust

The Luminary Bakery

The NOW Group

The Prince's Trust

Tong Leadership Academy

Tutor Mate

Action Tutoring

Unity Works

Whalley Range 11-18 High School

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