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Unity Trust Bank investment creates sustainable future for Age Concern Birmingham and its service users

Press Releases Published: June 26, 2014 5:14 pm

Unity Trust Bank, a specialist bank for the social economy, has provided a £630,000 loan to long standing customer Age Concern Birmingham for the purchase of new headquarter facilities in Sutton Coldfield.

The new head office means the local charity has been able to bring its advice and information, befriending and day services together in order to provide the best possible service to older people, while also increasing its service provision more generally. It had previously been operating out of multiple separately rented sites and had been looking to move to new premises for a number of years.

Age Concern Birmingham Director of Development Richard Shaw said: “The purchase of our Boldmere Road office has meant that we now have a place where we can deliver consolidated, centralised and holistic services that benefit our service users. Equally, we are able to develop and improve our ability to fund our charitable work through greater commercial activity and scope. We have invested in our new high street property in an area with an older demographic so that as Age Concern Birmingham continues to develop, we can begin to offer more services directly from the ground floor of our building.”

Unity Trust Bank Relationship Manager for the Midlands, Mark Wilton, said: “As a specialist bank for the social economy, Unity Trust Bank aims to create positive social change through our business activity. We are proud to support charities like Age Concern Birmingham and are especially pleased to work with a local Birmingham organisation that has such an impact on its service users and the community. By investing in a larger centre we are supporting the future needs of an ever growing ageing population, enabling Age Concern Birmingham to integrate its current service provision, develop a community space and ensure a secure future that will meet the needs of many more people.

“Our socially responsible and sustainable approach to lending is what makes Unity part of the same social economy as our customers, and Age Concern’s work and impact is a perfect example of this. As charity sector specialists, we look forward to a continuing relationship with one of Birmingham’s leading charitable organisations.”

Richard Shaw said: “Everything we do is for the benefit of the local community and the older people within it. We are proud to bank with a Birmingham bank that understands our organisational needs and the social mission of Age Concern Birmingham.”

For information and advice on sustainable finance and banking services, please contact Unity Trust Bank on email:us@unity.co.uk or visit its website at: www.unity.co.uk.

 

ENDS

Age Concern Birmingham Boldmere Road case study: Trish, age 58.

Trish sought help at Age Concern Birmingham’s Advice and Information Services for carers at its new Boldmere Road office as she was becoming concerned that her caring responsibilities for her mother were increasing. Her GP informed her that Age Concern’s trained advisers would be able to provide support for her, as caring had become a greater time commitment. During her appointment the adviser spoke to Trish and her mother about a range of issues including respite care and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Now that these services are provided by the charity within the same centre, the adviser was able to arrange for a care coordinator and appointed legal adviser to see Trish and her mother and provide advice.

Trish said of her visit to the new office: “I visited Age Concern Birmingham with my mother to seek advice and understand our options in terms of care. The fact that Age Concern has consolidated it’s services under one roof has made a world of difference- within two hours we had all the information we needed to go away and discuss the future together.”

 

Notes to editors

Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust Bank is a specialist bank for civil society, social enterprises, CICs, councils, and trade unions. It supports customers with socially responsible banking services. And because it is a social enterprise in its own right, the bank understands the sectors its customers work in.

Unity Trust Bank is a Living Wage accredited employer. The first bank to do so, this confirms Unity’s commitment to paying its employees the UK living wage or more.

For more information, visit: www.unity.co.uk

Age Concern Birmingham

Age Concern Birmingham is a local charity committed to the people and communities surrounding Birmingham. They have been delivering services for over 25 years and remained focussed on meeting the needs of older people and others in need. Age Concern Birmingham provide services from advice and information, home visits, day services, telephone services, mobility equipment and lunch clubs as well as training courses on a range of topics for those caring for older people.

For more information, visit: http://www.ageconcernbirmingham.org.uk/

For further information, please contact Unity Trust Bank PR consultants:

Anna Hollis: anna@matterandco.com / 020 8533 8893 / 07779 603 538

Rachel Pidgeon: rachel@matterandco.com / 020 8533 8893 


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