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Even more Leeds Building Society colleagues now volunteering in their communities

Leeds Building Society has once again recorded an increase in the number of colleagues volunteering in the community – with over 6,000 hours dedicated to helping good causes in 2019.

Throughout 2019, 898 colleagues at Leeds Building Society’s branches and offices volunteered to support more than 306 separate activities across the UK. This included volunteering with Help Bristol’s Homeless, Arthritis Care, Hebburn Helps, Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen, Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity, and Big C Colour 5k in Norwich – as well as a number of schools and young persons’ groups across the many diverse communities served by the Society. 

In June 2019, Leeds Building Society surpassed the targets it set for volunteering two years ahead of schedule, and the programme was extended to give colleagues additional time to support the Society’s national partnerships – Samaritans and parkrun.

Luke Wellock, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Leeds Building Society, used his volunteer time to help a school link its curriculum with real-life business scenarios. Luke said: “It’s very encouraging to see that more colleagues than ever are choosing to help out in our communities across the UK, and 2019 has witnessed a number of new and inspiring activities being supported.

“Volunteering is a rewarding experience both for our colleagues and the numerous groups they’re helping out, particularly those smaller ones who often have limited resources.

“As an organisation founded on the principle of people helping people, Leeds Building Society is leading by example when it comes to doing business responsibly, and we can all be very proud of what our volunteers have achieved in 2019. I know a lot of people are already excited about helping out again – or indeed for the first time – this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing even more great causes benefitting from our time and effort.”

Colleagues volunteering in 2020 can also look forward to sporting one of Leeds Building Society’s new eco-friendly T-shirts, which are made from 100% organic cotton, are fully traceable, and are ethically-sourced from plastic-free factories.

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Notes to Editors

Leeds Building Society operates throughout the UK and had assets of £20.7bn at 30 June 2019 (£19.4bn at 30 June 2018). The UK’s fifth-largest mutual is a Best Companies 2* employer and its head office is in the centre of Leeds, where it has been based since 1886.