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Leeds Building Society doubles staff volunteering time

Leeds Building Society has celebrated a successful volunteering week by doubling the amount of time available for colleagues to volunteer for good causes.

Over 65 people from the Society were involved in projects throughout Volunteers’ Week, which ran from June 1-7. Colleagues across the business threw themselves into activities outside of their usual day-to-day work to help organisations support more people.

To celebrate the success of the Society’s volunteering programme, which offers every employee seven hours’ paid leave each year to spend in their communities, the mutual has added a further seven hours’ volunteering time to enable colleagues to support Leeds Building Society’s national partnerships – Samaritans and parkrun.

Richard Fearon, Chief Commercial Officer at Leeds Building Society, said: “Doing what’s right for our communities is a major part of our Corporate Responsibility strategy. Over the last few years we’ve stepped up our commitment, entering two national partnerships with parkrun and Samaritans.

“These organisations are different in so many ways but share a commonality of being powered by thousands of volunteers. The enormous success of parkrun relies on its dedicated volunteers giving up their time to marshal, time runners and record results. Equally, the commitment of Samaritans volunteers means they are available around the clock, 365 days a year, to help those struggling to cope.

“We’re founded on the principle of people helping people, and volunteering is one of the greatest expressions of this. So, in response to the enthusiasm shown by colleagues and to increase our impact through our partnerships we have doubled the volunteering time available.”

Samaritans CEO Ruth Sutherland said: “Our volunteers are the bedrock of the charity and enable us to offer a free service that runs round the clock, every single day of the day for anyone who is struggling.

“It’s fantastic to see Leeds Building Society recognise the value of volunteering by doubling the volunteering hours available to staff, so they can continue to raise vital funds and awareness of Samaritans.”

During national Volunteers’ Week, people from Leeds Building Society volunteered with Canal and River Trust, Skelton Grange Environment Centre, St George’s Crypt, Hyde Park Source, Larchfield Care Home and the Woodhouse Community Garden.

In 2017, 50% of colleagues took up the opportunity to support their local communities, investing 4,700 hours in more than 160 projects up and down the UK.

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Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland and has assets of £18.5bn at 31st December 2017 (£15.9bn at 31st December 2016). The Society’s head office has been based in the centre of Leeds since 1886.