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Society colleagues volunteer at local careers week

North East primary school pupils have been learning about the world of work with help from Leeds Building Society volunteers. 

Two colleagues from the Society’s branch in Blyth used their volunteering leave during careers week at St Stephen’s RC Primary School in Longbenton.

Every colleague at the Society can take up to seven hours’ paid leave each year to help in their community.

At St Stephen’s, the team helped pupils to better understand the links between school and work and explained the range of potential careers available to them.

“The volunteering went really well and we’ve been asked to go back next year,” said Joanna Dodd, Leeds Building Society’s Blyth branch manager.

“Both Victoria Bell (Blyth branch customer service adviser) and I found it very rewarding, and it’s nice to think our volunteering hours have helped make a difference to the children’s understanding of the financial services sector and what job opportunities are out there.” 

Mr Fallon, Headteacher at St Stephen’s RC Primary School, said: “I would like to thank Joanna and Victoria for taking part and supporting the school at our recent careers week event.

“The children had a fantastic week learning about a day in the life at Leeds Building Society, and hearing about potential future career prospects. 

"We understand that Joanna and Victoria’s time is valuable, and really appreciate the effort they put in to accommodate us and make a difference to our school. We look forward to meeting with them again at our next careers event."

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Notes to Editors

Joanna Dodd and Victoria Bell are pictured (left and right) during their careers week presentation.

Joanna Dodd and Victoria Bell are pictured (left and right) during their careers week presentation.

St Stephen’s RC Primary School is at Goathland Avenue, Longbenton, NE12 8FA.

Leeds Building Society’s Blyth branch is at 18 Church Street, Blyth, NE24 1BG.

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £14.9bn (at 30th June 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.