Charity and Community

We are committed to making a positive difference to our local communities. We do this through a number of initiatives and partnerships.

Samaritans

We’re supporting them to be there when it matters

Samaritans is our official charity partner. They are there around the clock, every single day of the year for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

Someone contacts Samaritans every 6 seconds and the number of people getting in touch is increasing.

We're aiming to raise £250,000 by 2020 to help Samaritans to continue to be there when it matters.

More details about our partnership

Helping to build and strengthen local communities through our partnership with parkrun UK.

parkrun UK is a not-for-profit organisations that supports more than 520 communities across the country to deliver free, timed 5k events every Saturday morning. parkruns are open to walkers and runners of all ages and abilities and more than 1.6 million people across the UK have taken part.

Like us, parkrun supports the importance of community togetherness, which is why we’re helping to ensure such a powerful movement stays free and accessible to all.

We’ll be working with parkrun on a number of activities in 2018 to help support a range of wider community projects and holding event takeovers throughout the year.

Our Community Reward Scheme is all about recognising the huge role that parkrun plays in helping people engage with their local communities. The scheme provides funding and volunteer support to projects that help and improve local parkrun communities.

More details about our Community Reward Scheme

Leeds Building Society Foundation

Since 1999 the Foundation has donated £1.8m to over 2,600 local projects and good causes across the UK.

The Foundation aims to relieve suffering, hardship or poverty by providing funding for practical items that support people in need.

The Foundation is partly funded by the Your Interest in Theirs scheme. Through the scheme our members can donate the pence amount of interest earned each year through their savings accounts to charity. The amount raised is split equally between the Foundation and Samaritans.

More details about the Foundation Apply for funding

Volunteering

Volunteering to make a positive impact in our local communities.

Our volunteering scheme offers every colleague seven hours each year to support their communities.

In 2017 more than half of colleagues at the Society spent more than of 4,700 hours volunteering and helping over 160 projects across the UK.

They have done everything from tidying-up waste ground to painting fences to mentoring young people to resurfacing a trail for wheelchair users in the North York Moors National Park.

Find out why making a difference to the areas we work in matters to our colleagues.

See how we've helped

Our community support stories

Risk Department colleagues display the amount of money they have raised to help children's cancer charity

Colleagues from our Risk department joined forces to raise £3,500 for a local children’s cancer charity.

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branch colleagues pose for picture with Leeds Rhinos mascot - Ronnie the Rhino

Our branch in Crossgates welcomed customers old and new to help it celebrate its 40th birthday.

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Colleagues in the memorial garden of Chellow Heights Special School

volunteers from the Society supported projects at Otley Chevin, Herd Farm Activity Centre and Meanwood Park.

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