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Unity in the Community

We support charities and voluntary organisations in our local communities with volunteering and fundraising through our Unity in the Community staff programme. This is part of our continued commitment to being a socially responsible bank.

Our staff volunteering programme was originally established in 1991, and relaunched in 2009 as Unity in the Community, in celebration of our 25th anniversary.

To support our staff in making a difference, every member of staff gets five paid volunteer days a year, this encourages staff to get involved in their local communities and gives them the opportunity to support the causes they care about. Staff can take part in group activities arranged by the Bank or arrange their own volunteering opportunities.

2014

Here are some of the highlights of our staff volunteering and fundraising so far this year:

  • Betterdays Homes – following an appeal by Social Enterprise Network we donated £200 worth of bedding, towels and towels and kitchenware to furnish a new safe house for women and children in Merseyside
  • Priestley Smith School –  a team of Unity staff supported visually impaired school children at their annual sports day. We also donated the medals for the winning teams
  • Edwards Trust – the grounds of this charity, which supports children and families during bereavement, were cleared and spruced up by six green fingered Unity staff
  • St Catherine’s Hospice – we made a £1,200 donation and our Relationship Manager for the North West, Margaret Porter, spent two days volunteering at the hospice helping to promote forthcoming fundraising events for the charity
  • Warley Woods – over two days, 15 staff supported the upkeep of the park, pathways and play areas which are cared for by a community trust by clearing undergrowth, repairing pathways and painting woodwork
  • The Flavasum Trust – seven staff supported our customer by inputting thousands of survey responses on perceptions of knife crime amongst young people into a database
  • Dogs Trust  – renovated the outdoor space which is used by the charity
  • WellCat – helped maintain the facilities used to look after the animals
  • Big Issue – a team of staff worked with the Big Issue vendors in the local area learning about the challenges they face and the support they need
  • Acorns Children’s Hospice – staff spent two days at the hospice helping to revitalise their grounds and preparing the hospice for the festive season

Many of our staff also volunteer in their own time with a diverse range of activities including sitting as a JP; knitting items for a number of charities and teaching angling to underprivileged children.

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