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Community

We deliver educational programmes to improve employability and financial literacy, provide life-changing support to people in the most challenging situations and meaningfully engage with our local communities to enable them to thrive and prosper.

 
2017-19 Charity Partner

End Youth Homelessness

Socktober Appeal

This World Homeless Day, Wednesday 10 October, we are supporting our charity partner End Youth Homelessness (EYH).

Throughout October our branches and agencies are holding ‘Socktober’ collections of socks, interview clothes, toiletries and other items for homeless charities across the country. They are also holding fundraising activities on World Homeless Day to take us one step closer to raising £750,000 for EYH over our three-year partnership.

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    If you are unable to visit your local branch, why not make a donation to our online fundraising page or by texting SOCT70 followed by the amount you would like to donate £5, £10 or £20 to 70070.

    Our Partnership with EYH

    During our three year partnership we aim to break down the barriers that homeless young people face and help them move on to live independently. So far, together with our customers and colleagues, we’ve raised more than £450,000 and more than 100 young people have been able to move into permanent accommodation and start re-building their future.

    At least 86,000 young people are homeless in the UK each year. End Youth Homelessness brings together local charities to tackle youth homelessness on a national scale by working directly with more than 26,000 young people who are amongst the most deprived in the UK.

    Securing suitable independent accommodation is a significant hurdle for a homeless young person. Through rental deposit guarantees and home essentials grants, our project gives practical help to young people across the UK who are ready to make that step to live independently. To support them in their new home, young people will also benefit from financial advice and dedicated support to help them build the life skills and confidence they need to lead successful and independent lives.

 

Volunteering

We know that time can be just as valuable a gift as money to charities and community groups.

That’s why our volunteering programme gives our employees up to 31 hours leave each year to take part in voluntary or charitable activities in their local community. We aim to encourage more than half of our colleagues to share their skills through volunteering, donating over 22,000 hours in 2017.

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    Employees from all parts of our Group, from branch colleagues to chief officers, use their skills to mentor students, help young people improve their financial literacy and prepare for the world of work, befriend isolated older people, or become trustees on the boards of charities or school governors. Colleagues also get together to provide practical support to local charities and community groups, from redecorating and rejuvenating community areas, hospices and elderly residential homes to supporting the homeless at shelters or soup kitchens.

 

 
Yorkshire Building Society

Charitable foundation

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation was established in 1998 as a registered charity independent of YBS Group.

Since it made its first donation in 1999, the Charitable Foundation has made a difference across the UK by donating over £7 million to charities & good causes, including over £230,000 to 203 charities in 2017.

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2014-16 Charity Partner

Marie Curie

The Marie Curie Hour of Need campaign was the Yorkshire Building Society Group's most ambitious charity drive in its 150 year history.

It enabled Marie Curie Nurses to provide over 57,000 at-home nursing hours to terminally ill people, and their families, across the UK.

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    The campaign was launched in June 2014 with the aim to raise £500,000 by December 2016, which equated to funding an hour of care by a Marie Curie Nurse for every hour of the fundraising campaign. Thanks to the brilliant support received from our colleagues, members and the general public, we doubled that target and raised over £1.15 million for Marie Curie. This was achieved through fundraising activities in our branches and agencies, colleagues taking part in various challenges such as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and a very popular Marie Curie savings bond.