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.
We believe that to build a successful future, everyone needs a safe place to call home.
At least 83,000 young people are homeless in the UK each year. End Youth Homelessness brings together local charities to tackle this 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. Together, we will strive to end youth homelessness through deepening understanding of youth homelessness issues and campaigning for social and public policy change. We aim to challenge the public preconceptions of youth homelessness amongst colleagues, customers and the wider public as well as work together to help us best support homeless young people.
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. In its first 6 months the partnership has helped 54 young people move into permanent accommodation and start re-building their future.
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.
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.
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.Find out more
It enabled Marie Curie Nurses to provide over 57,000 at-home nursing hours to terminally ill people, and their families, across the UK.
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.