In 2017, over 137,000 girls throughout the UK missed at least one day of school because they could not afford the sanitary products they needed. Research has also shown that young women who experience period poverty are also more likely to develop mental health issues. In response to these appalling figures, we teamed up with The Red Box Project, a charity run by volunteers who supply sanitary products to local schools, to start a two week campaign in September called ‘Throw the towel in’.
44 branches and agencies and all four office sites took part in the project, collecting over 1,000 sanitary packs and items for local schools. Our activity was also a way to raise awareness of this growing issue internally with colleagues as well as externally with customers and the general public. Louise Coles, Data, MI and Business Services Director said: “I’m really proud that the Society is raising awareness of an incredibly important, but often not spoken about, issue for girls and women today. It’s great to see colleagues and members of the public coming together to support a great cause to help stop girls missing out on their education.”
You can read more about the brilliant work The Red Box Project do here: redboxproject.org.
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.