Building society staff get paid leave for community work

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Communities are set to benefit as Yorkshire Building Society announced it is expanding its volunteering scheme for workers, including those in Peterborough.

All workers at the society, which includes Chelsea, Norwich & Peterborough and Barnsley Building Societies, will now be allowed up to 31 hours’ paid leave to help out at a charity or good cause of their choice.

The society increased the time allowance from the previous two days’ paid leave in order to enable colleagues to have a bigger impact on the causes they choose to support and to share their skills with those in need.

Pauline Giroux, corporate responsibility manager at Yorkshire Building Society, said: “As the UK’s second largest building society we are proud to play an active role in the communities we serve right across the UK from Dundee to Dartmouth.

“We know that our colleagues have a wealth of expertise that they are more than happy to share to make the maximum impact on their local communities, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to do just that whether through befriending and mentoring schemes or offering their skills pro-bono.

“Mutuality is one of the pillars that Yorkshire Building Society was built on more than 150 years ago. We want to stay true to the values of helping others by expanding our volunteering scheme to have lasting impact on our communities and benefit our colleagues.”

Yorkshire Building Society, which employs 4,597 people across the UK, set up its first volunteering programme in 2007, with 10,000 hours of volunteering recorded in 2014.

Colleagues will be encouraged to take part in one team challenge per year, including gardening at their local hospice, helping to tidy their local park or spending the day at a food bank.

The rest of the hours can be spent on roles such as becoming a trustee at a local organisation or teaching financial skills to young people.