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Record numbers sign up for volunteering

A record number of colleagues at Leeds Building Society have given up their time and volunteered to give their communities a helping hand.

More than half of colleagues at the Society spent in excess of 4,700 hours volunteering and helping over 160 projects across the UK in 2017. They have done everything from tidying-up waste ground to painting fences to mentoring young people to resurfacing a trail for wheelchair users in the North York Moors National Park.

Since 2015 the Society has more than quadrupled the number of people who use its scheme which allows all colleagues to take a day’s paid leave each year and volunteer to help a cause they are passionate about.

Richard Fearon, Leeds Building Society’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “I’m really proud of our colleagues whose fantastic endeavours have made such a difference in their communities.

“As a Society we’re committed to helping members and their local communities and I’m pleased to see that is really paying off with the numbers who sign up for volunteering reaching record levels in 2017.”

Richard used his volunteering leave to help out at his local parkrun* and hopes even more colleagues will make use of the benefit in 2018. This June the Society will run a volunteering week to encourage more colleagues to use their skills to help communities.

“I am delighted that the number of people choosing to volunteer has quadrupled since 2015,” said Luke Wellock, Leeds Building Society’s Corporate Responsibility Manager.

“Our priority is to ensure colleagues across the business know how the scheme can support them and feel empowered to use the time available.”

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Aberdeen Colleagues take part in a community litter pick

Aberdeen Colleagues take part in a community litter pick

Photo Attached: Colleagues from the Society’s Aberdeen branch doing a clean-up and litter pick.

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Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £17.3bn at 30th June 2017 (£14.9bn at 30th June 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.

*parkrun UK and Leeds Building Society work together to support local communities across the country. Our partnership enables parkrun to bring even more people together to connect with their local communities.