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Positive changes in your community

Last updated: 8th March 2021

It’s fair to say 2020 was a year we won’t forget in a hurry. We all faced changes brought about by the pandemic. But for many, the restrictions have resulted in more time with family and given us the opportunity to reflect on our priorities.

Community spirit has been more important than ever

In a survey of our members and the general public last year*, 40% said they now think differently about their local community. Some said the pandemic has created an improved sense of community spirit and they’ve got to know their neighbours better than ever, with local people banding together to help each other out.

We’ve experienced it here too. Our own community of members has shown patience and understanding as we’ve navigated through the changing circumstances around us. And our colleagues have worked hard, keeping their focus firmly on you. We’ve also continued to support the local charities and causes that you care about.

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Our relationship with Dementia UK has gone from strength to strength

In April last year we announced our national partnership with Dementia UK, as voted for by our members and colleagues. We kicked off our fundraising efforts with a donation of £25,000 to help the charity navigate the uncertain times brought about by last year.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, and the fundraising efforts of our colleagues, more than £150,000 has been raised for the charity. And that’s just the start. Our goal is to raise £500,000 by 2024.

Supporting the local causes making a difference

Leeds Building Society Foundation makes donations of up to £1,000 to UK-based charities to support community-based projects.

Last year the Foundation granted more than £148,000 to 163 charities. This included a food relief charity who provide free meals to the homeless and vulnerable. And a mental health charity who make sure anyone experiencing mental health problems has somewhere to turn. With their donation they purchased plants and a greenhouse to create a tranquil space for those who need it.

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And last but certainly not least... our colleagues

Through our volunteering scheme, colleagues are able to give seven hours of time to support local causes. Last year we doubled this to 14 due to the heightened need to support the community.

This saw colleagues give support in a number of different ways to those affected by the pandemic. Some helped those shielding with food shopping, whilst others signed up to help organisations deliver prescriptions to the elderly and vulnerable.

You vote, we donate

For every online vote cast in this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM), we made a 20p donation to charity. Members were able to choose whether this went to Dementia UK or the Leeds Building Society Foundation.

We look forward to supporting more charities and causes this year. Learn more about our commitment to doing what's right.


*Based on a survey undertaken in August 2020. 442 people were surveyed by Leeds Building Society via our customer panel, ‘TalkingPoint’. A further 506 participants from the general public were surveyed by Verve, a research partner.

This article is intended for information purposes only and is accurate at the time of publication. It’s always advisable to verify any information you take before relying on it.