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Over 60 volunteers from Leeds Building Society take on community projects

More than 60 colleagues from Leeds Building Society are volunteering for projects in and around Leeds to mark Volunteers’ Week.

The initiative takes place from 1-7 June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate the many ways people can volunteer.

Leeds Building Society offers every employee seven hours’ paid leave each year to volunteer in their communities.

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.

Through Volunteers’ Week, colleagues from the Society will be involved in a wide range of activities in and around the city, including building on a relationship between Skelton Grange Environment Centre, a previous recipient of support from Leeds Building Society Foundation.

Colleagues will also be supporting homeless charity St George’s Crypt, helping to develop a natural playground with Hyde Park Source, volunteering at Larchfield Care Home and assisting the Canal & River Trust’s clear-up of Granary Wharf.

Luke Wellock, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Leeds Building Society, said: “Once again we’ve had a great response from our colleagues for this year’s volunteering week.

“More than 60 people will be working to support their local communities in a variety of different ways and throughout the week we’ll be shining a spotlight on the importance of giving time.

“Supporting and investing in the communities we operate in is part of our philosophy and half of all colleagues took the opportunity to volunteer last year. The great news is that following the most recent activities we’re on track to maintain that figure in 2018.”

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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.

In 2017 Leeds Building Society set a target to provide 8,000 colleague volunteering hours in the community by 2020.

Leeds Building Society Foundation was established by Leeds Building Society in 1999 to support UK charities committed to relieving hardship and suffering, or their direct consequences, and awards grants of up to £1,000 to good causes based or operating near Society branches and offices.

The Foundation has donated more than £1.8 million to worthy causes across the UK and has helped more than 2,000 charities since its inception.