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Unity Trust Bank does even more to help improve the lives of others

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Published by Sarah Gilbert for Unity Trust Bank in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment, Health

The Unity Trust Bank team at Birmingham YMCA The Unity Trust Bank team at Birmingham YMCA

Unity Trust Bank does even more to help improve the lives of others

Birmingham based Unity Trust Bank, a specialist bank for the social economy, has had an amazing year in 2013 following the success of its Unity in The Community (UiTC) staff volunteer programme.

The UiTC programme gives every member of staff five paid days a year to support charities or good causes. In 2013 its 86-day target was greatly surpassed with over 50 employees completing a total of 113 days voluntary work for 19 charities and social organisations. 

James Beamish, Chair of UiTC, was overwhelmed by the response to the scheme in 2013. He said: “It has been great to see the time and effort staff at Unity have put aside to help others. It has been a real success and beating our goal of how many days volunteered shows the passion and commitment of the Unity team to a variety of causes.”

James competed in Tough Mudder 2013 raising £1,400 for Cancer Research UK, and also volunteered at a local Donkey Sanctuary, which helps children with learning and behavioural difficulties. He continued: “The UiTC programme is a really important part of our culture at Unity Trust Bank, it reflects our strong social values and brings different teams together, which is always great for morale and a fun working environment.”

Helen Rotherham, Head of Finance at Unity Trust Bank, used her five days to trek the Himalayas raising a total of £4,000 for Zoe’s Baby Hospice. Helen said: “This amazing achievement took months of preparation and planning but was worth every second that I put in to training. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so pleased the money I raised went to such a great cause. I had constant support from my colleagues and think more businesses should put aside time for their employees to take part in charitable events.”

Birmingham YMCA welcomed five members of the Unity Trust Bank team to help clear a children’s play area in Erdington. Laurence Chilver, Social Enterprise Director at YMCA, said: “The Unity team all worked so hard for the cause and their efforts have contributed hugely towards the creation of the new play area for the children of the nursery.”

Peter Kelly, Business Development and Marketing Director at Unity Trust Bank, helped Birmingham Fair Money, four local not for profit lenders, tackle payday loans by promoting affordable and responsible lending. Furthermore, he spent a day with a Big Issue seller in Birmingham. Peter said: “It was a challenging and humbling experience. Once you put on the Big Issue vest you become almost invisible to the public. I didn’t manage to sell any for the first 20 minutes. However, a few tips from the other sellers really helped and somehow I managed to sell five copies. The day provided me with a greater insight into the challenges faced by homeless people. Many people do not realise that the vendors buy the magazines so this truly is a micro business. Selling the Big Issue can be a small but important step in helping people turn their lives around.”

Unity is off to a great start with their volunteering for 2014, with seven members of staff dedicating time to help input data for a Unity customer, Flavasum Trust. Flavasum Trust is a charity that aims to reduce the number of young people carrying knives or other weapons by supporting arts projects, they had surveyed local London borough school children aged 11 about their awareness of knife crime and needed some help with collating these results. They are also in talks with Age Concern Birmingham to dedicate some of our time to their Telephone Befriending Scheme.  Due to the success of the 2013 programme, a target has been set at a massive 132 days of volunteer time throughout the company for 2014, where 15% will be skill based volunteering.

For information and advice on sustainable finance and banking services, please contact Unity Trust Bank on email: us@unity.co.uk or visit its website at: www.unity.co.uk.  

 

ENDS

Notes to editors

Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust Bank is a specialist bank for civil societysocial enterprisesCICscouncils, and trade unions. It supports customers with socially responsible banking services. And because it is a social enterprise in its own right, the bank understands the sectors its customers work in.

For more information, visit: www.unity.co.uk

 

For further information, please contact Unity Trust Bank PR consultants:

Anna Hollis: anna@matterandco.com / 020 8533 8893 / 07779 603 538

Hannah Cambridge: hannah@matterandco.com / 020 8533 8893

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