As a thriving business in Hertfordshire for many years, our involvement in the community is deeply embedded in our DNA; as both an organisation and as individuals, we always go the extra mile out of instinct rather than corporate policy.

We coordinate and focus our efforts to make sure we have as big an impact as possible by

  • focussing on local charities where we can really make a difference
  • helping the vulnerable, the old and the young of Hertfordshire
  • supporting local culture
  • highlighting the many small acts of our people to inspire others at Debenhams Ottaway to follow.
  • Youth Talk

    Youth Talk is our chosen charity for 2020/21. The charity offers a safe place where young people can come for counselling and support. The service is available to 13–25 year olds who live, work or attend school/college in the District of St Albans (Harpenden, London Colney, Redbourn, St Albans, Sandridge and Wheathampstead). They work on a self-referral only basis, so promoting personal responsibility.

  • You Okay, Doc?

    During the first UK lockdown, the insolvency team at Debenhams Ottaway found an unusual way to support the NHS. They offered free remote statutory declarations in exchange for a donation to go to the charity You Okay, Doc? It is a registered charity that supports doctors’ mental health, enabling them to seek support, speak freely about mental health and be equipped to deal with the inevitable pressures faced. With this in place, the team raised over £7,000 for the charity.

  • City of Expertise

    Debenhams Ottaway, along with other local professional services firms is working with St Albans City and District Council and Chamber of Commerce to raise the profile of St Albans as a ‘City of Expertise’. The City of Expertise group aims to promote St Albans as the first choice for anyone looking for expert financial, legal or commercial advice on the local, regional and national stage.

  • The Herts Funding Network

    Debenhams Ottaway supports the annual charity, The Funding Network, which supports social change projects through live “crowdfunding” to obtain donations for charities. Corporate and commercial partner, Andrew Yates is a member of the judging panel, which assists in choosing the charities for the annual Herts event.

  • Dementia Friends

    Our Wills, trusts and probate lawyers are trained Dementia Friends. This Alzheimer’s Society initiative aims to change people's perception of dementia and inspire others to learn more about the condition and how they can help those living with it in their community. Accessing legal services can be challenging for people with dementia who may feel vulnerable in unfamiliar surroundings. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience of helping individuals and families affected by dementia, we use straightforward language, make sure that their wishes are heard and provide the support they need.

  • St Albans Charity Cycle Ride (SACCR)

    Every year 1000’s of cyclists enjoy this fun ride through the Hertfordshire. SACCR is organised by the three Rotary Clubs of St Albans to raise money for the clubs’ chosen charities, including Herts Musical Memories, The Hospice of St Francis, Cruse Bereavement Care Hertfordshire and many more! Debenhams Ottaway have sponsored the St Albans Charity Cycle ride for many years, and continue to support the event.