This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focused on stress – how to recognise it and reduce its impact. From the 14th – 18th May, our Mental Health and Wellbeing team and champions arranged activities including lunchtime walks, mindfulness sessions and webinars. They also released a variety of group-wide communications providing information and tips, as well as creating a discussion forum for colleagues to discuss and share tips about how to reduce their stress.
The week was a huge success with the main highlights being:
The feedback has also been really positive, with one colleague saying “I think the work that YBS are doing on supporting wellbeing and mental health is fantastic and, personally, I really appreciate it. Thank you.”
We’ve also made the most of our partnership with Mental Health Foundation by promoting their materials through our social media channels. Through this we can also educate our members and the public on mental health.
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.