In 2019 the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation donated over £380,000 to 368 charities in 150 communities across the UK, thanks to contributions from our members through the Small Change Big Difference® (SCBD) scheme. Thank You.
Here are just a handful of the donations we’ve made, thanks to our members support:
£2,000 was donated to Hull and East Yorkshire Power Chair Football Club to buy a new specially designed electric powered wheelchair. The club is the region's first and only Power Chair football club, which allows physically disabled people to play the fast-paced team game.
Kai Gill, from Hull and East Yorkshire Power Chair Football Club, said:
"We have used the generous donation to purchase a DB Bullet Power Chair which will be used by new and existing players. Our five year aim is to be the first team promoted to the Power Chair Premiership and to have a representative from our club to represent the UK in the Olympics."
Children’s charity, CHUMS, which provides bereaved youngsters in Bedfordshire with vital mental health services, received a £1,200 donation to support its musical therapy programme.
Rapha Tagamori, Recreational Therapeutic Service Area Manager at CHUMS, said:
"Research shows that musical therapy is effective in helping to treat anxiety and depression, and this can be especially important for children when they’re unable to talk about how they feel. We’re really grateful to Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for this generous donation."
A lifeboat station in Ryde received £2,000 to purchase an infra-red camera. The high-tech camera, which uses technology to sense heat and create an image, will help volunteers to find and rescue people who have got into difficulties off the Isle of Wight coastline.
Shaun Smith, Chairman of Ryde Inshore Rescue, said:
"We’re very grateful for this donation, which will enable us to buy a vital piece of equipment to help us to find and rescue people who’ve got into trouble at sea."
All of this is possible thanks to members donating a maximum of 99p per year through the Society’s Small Change Big Difference® (SCBD) scheme.
By opting in to the SCBD® scheme, YBS will donate the annual pence of interest from your savings or mortgage accounts to the Charitable Foundation (Maximum 99 pence per annum). Every penny received through the scheme is used directly to help charities nominated by our members and colleagues. Together, these small sums of money make a huge difference in the communities where our members live and work.
With more members signed up to the SCBD® scheme, we can help to transform the lives of even more people up and down the UK. Click here for more info on how to nominate a cause you care about, or to sign up to the SCBD scheme.
A new volunteering programme to prepare young people for the world of work.
We’re continuing to build on the success of our apprenticeship scheme.
Our colleagues volunteer their time in schools to improve young people’s financial education.
Colleagues swap their beds for sleeping bags to raise money for End Youth Homelessness.
The way consumers use financial services is evolving, leading to some necessary changes for us to meet our customers’ changing needs.
Hundreds of our colleagues take on our Peak District challenge for End Youth Homelessness.
We’re working towards our ambition of creating an inclusive work environment, where all colleagues can contribute to the Group’s success.
We are supporting homeless young people this Christmas as part of our charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).
With EYH, we have housed 15 young people since launching in June.
Building on the success of our apprenticeship scheme, we’ve opened 24 new positions across 10 different business areas.
We are proud to have been a double winner at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards 2016.
Our six Savings Pledges reflect how we believe savings institutions should behave.
Over 1,300 solar panels installed at our Bradford and Peterborough offices .
Everyday Thanks was launched in September 2015 as part of our Group’s 150th birthday.