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Leeds to continue support for homeless charity

This month marks the second anniversary of Leeds Building Society supporting a voucher scheme to help homeless people in Leeds.

The Society is pleased to confirm it will continue to promote Give Me Some Credit, run by St George’s Crypt, via its 13 branches in the Leeds area.

This initiative offers the opportunity to buy a book of vouchers, which can then be handed to people begging as an alternative to handing out cash.

The scheme, designed by Leeds University student Hannah Tisdale, aims mainly to provide for people in need to go to St George’s Crypt, enjoy a three course meal and talk to staff there about issues they might need help with.

Arja Copperwheat, Community Fundraiser at St George’s Crypt, said: “It’s great news that Leeds Building Society’s branches in Leeds will continue to support our Give Me Some Credit voucher scheme.

“It’s been a great partnership since, two years ago, we came up with a novel way of allowing kind-hearted people to give without the risks associated with cash donations.

“Homelessness in Leeds is an issue nobody can ignore. The initiative, set up in partnership with Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police, has been heralded as a welcome and constructive way to address an issue which is often very challenging, and sometimes unseen.”

The vouchers cost £5 per book and are available now at Leeds Building Society’s branches in Adel, Armley, Beeston, Chapel Allerton, Crossgates, Garforth, Harehills Road, Headingley, Horsforth, Moortown, Street Lane and Yeadon. They are also on sale at the Society’s Head Office branch, at 105 Albion Street in Leeds city centre.


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Pictured: A voucher associated with the scheme.

As well as Leeds Building Society’s branches in Leeds, the vouchers are available at all Leeds libraries, St George’s Crypt Trinity café and the charity’s shops in Armley and Oakwood.

For further information please contact Arja Copperwheat at St George’s Crypt on 0113 245 9061, or Michael Ward at Leeds Building Society on 0113 225 7536.

Leeds Building Society has 67 branches throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and assets of £12.1bn (as at 31 December 2014). The Society has operated from the centre of Leeds since 1886.