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.

Making a real difference

Take a look at some of the fantastic things we've been doing to support charities and communities.

Leeds Rhinos

Our partnership with Leeds Rhinos keeps us close to community roots in our home city.

Over 140 years ago a group of people got together and came up with a way for working people to buy their own homes, and with that Leeds Building Society was formed. Not long after, and in the same city, another group of people got together for a friendly game of rugby. And so Leeds Rhinos began.

Just like us, Leeds Rhinos have built a great history in Leeds - their record breaking eight time win of the Super League is really something to shout about. We also share a lot of the same values. Our partnership is a real testament to this, keeping us exactly where we want to be - at the heart of local communities.

As well as being the main club sponsor, we're proud to offer our Blue & Amber Savings account. Every year we make a donation to the Leeds Rhinos Youth Development Programme equal to 1% of the total balances held in all Blue & Amber accounts. So the more our members save, the more the Rhinos benefit.

Samaritans volunteer giving bypasser a leaflet


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
Children helped out by Leeds Building Society volunteers

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.

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Leeds Building Society volunteers


Volunteering to make a positive impact in our local communities.

Our volunteering scheme offers every colleague up to 14 hours each year to support their communities.

In 2018 more than half of colleagues at the Society spent over 5,600 hours volunteering and helping over 160 projects across the UK.

They have done everything from beach clean ups and painting fences to supporting Samaritans at various running events throughout the year.

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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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