YBS Group owns a small amount of woodland to the north of our Yorkshire Drive head office site in Bradford. The area covers approximately four hectares, supporting native and broadleaved woodland.
There are indicators within the woodland to suggest it could even be ancient, such as bluebells, honeysuckle, and wood sorrel. There are also mature beech, ash, elm, oak and horse chestnut trees.
The area was overgrown and in need of some work, so 25 colleagues from the Society volunteered to revive the woodland, making it a useable space for local residents. Colleagues, with the help of volunteers from Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT) worked hard to reintroduce the footpaths running through the woodland.
Alison James – Environment and Energy Co-ordinator explains ‘After a lot of digging, chopping and shovelling we’re delighted that the hard work has paid off - even discovering five picnic tables which were hidden beneath shrubbery’.
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.