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£1,000 Foundation grant benefits Leeds-based domestic abuse charity

A £1,000 grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation will help Leeds charity Behind Closed Doors help more people affected by domestic violence.

The grant will be used to purchase four laptops for community domestic violence workers at the charity, who work within the Prevention and Recovery Service, enabling them to carry out support needs and risk assessments interactively with service users.

Behind Closed Doors was established in 1997 and now supports women and men across the Leeds district who have been, or are, affected by domestic violence and abuse.

The charity provides services and support tailored to each person’s own circumstances and needs.

Louise Tyne, Director of Behind Closed Doors, said: “Thanks to the grant from Leeds Building Society Foundation we have been able to invest in new technology for our community workers.

“The laptops mean we will be able to help people in a more cost effective and timely manner, meaning our staff will work with more people experiencing domestic violence and abuse.”

Gary Brook, Head of Corporate Communication at Leeds Building Society and a Foundation trustee said: “We are committed to investing in the communities we operate in. The work of charities such as Behind Closed Doors is vital and we’re pleased to support their work with people coping with difficult personal circumstances.”

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Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society Foundation, independently run by a Board of Trustees, is partly-funded by an annual donation from Leeds Building Society.

The balance of its financial support comes mainly from the Your Interest in Theirs scheme which allows members to donate the pence interest they earn on their savings.

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.