Our Commitment to our Communities
When Yorkshire Building Society was established way back in 1864, it had a clear purpose.
To do good in the community by helping people to keep their savings safe, and to own their own homes.
Today, we still stand for the same things, and our colleagues play a huge part in helping it happen.
We’re incredibly committed to volunteering our time, resources, skills and knowledge, and more than 50% of colleagues contribute to thousands of volunteer hours every year.
Our Money Minds initiative involves lots of colleagues volunteering to inspire young people aged 5-19 years old to learn about money and careers - all to help them develop their financial wellbeing and employability skills. It also includes a huge range of online resources too, designed to support student learning, as well as providing valuable help for teachers, parents and carers.
Our Bradford Talent programme helps nurture young talent in Bradford with work experience, mentoring, role modelling and curriculum support in partnership with targeted schools and colleges. We’re aiming to expand this to other parts of the country.
We’re working with small groups of volunteers to support a pilot project that puts digital skills at the core for adult learners, career switchers, returners to work and entrepreneurs.
Colleague and customer fundraising
Through our recent partnership with End Youth Homelessness that ran until November 2020, our colleagues and customers raised more than £1m. We’re hoping to repeat that amazing achievement with our current charity partner Age UK. But our commitment doesn't end there - we’re also proud to get involved in lots of regular local and general collections for causes such as foodbanks, Comic Relief, and more.
We’re aiming to raise £1m with Age UK
Our current charity partner is Age UK, the leading UK charity for older people. Together, we’re building better lives as we help people through some of the most challenging times they’ve ever experienced.
Over our two year partnership, we aim to raise £1million that will enable Age UK to directly help older people to become more financially resilient. And with our support, Age UK will be able to create the Building Better Lives project. This will help around 5,000 older people to become more financially resilient in later life while also helping to address and overcome issues such as fuel poverty, unsuitable housing and the financial shocks that later life can bring.Read more about our partnership with Age UK.
The Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
Our Charitable Foundation has now donated more than £9 million to charities and good causes across the country, thanks to the ongoing support of our members and colleagues.
The Foundation made its first donation in 1999.
Since then, we’ve been able to make more than 25,000 donations to many
charities in local communities on our doorstep.
Here are just a few examples of the help we’ve provided…
Much of this is only possible thanks to our colleagues and members supporting our Small Change Big Difference® scheme, where members donate the pennies of their annual interest on their accounts once a year to the Foundation. Our Branch colleagues play a huge role in promoting the scheme and encouraging customers to sign up. Without it, the Foundation simply wouldn’t be able to continue supporting so many wonderful charities.
We recently donated £1000 to Bradford Foodbank to support their Job Club, and help foodbank users with CV writing, interview preparation, and searching and applying for jobs.
Josie Barlow, Manager at Bradford Foodbank, said: “This donation will help us support so many people in Bradford who need help making that next step in life. We are so grateful to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation and all the colleagues at YBS for supporting Bradford Foodbank.”
We also donated £1800 to Moray Fresh Start to fund starter packs for homeless people.
Chair of Fresh Start, James Workman said: “The Packs include the basic household items that everyone needs when they move into their new homes. The people we’ve helped range from new-born babies and teenage children, right up to people well into their seventies. The feedback from the people who get the packs is always favourable – but what strikes us most is that they appreciate that someone cares.”
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