Triodos Bank donates over 900 hours of volunteer support to two Bristol charities
The UK’s leading sustainable bank, Triodos, is helping two Bristol based charities by using their staff to volunteer time and skills.
The bank has partnered with Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) and youth charity Young Bristol as part of its corporate volunteering programme which will see up to 130 Triodos co-workers support the two charities over the next 12 months. The ‘Changemakers’ program is designed to use the collective skills and resources of the Triodos team to help maximise the impact both charities have.
The volunteering program aims to put the skills of Triodos Bank workers to full use. For example, co-workers will be helping to deliver a money management workshop for people aged 16-17 beside Young Bristol, and deliver an employability workshop to help BDP service users find work.
Over the next year Triodos co-workers will provide over 900 hours of volunteer support. Bevis Watts, Managing Director of Triodos Bank UK explains that Changemakers means staff can be part of creating social impact in Bristol, on our doorstep and it not only strengthens the relationship staff have with the ethical bank’s purpose but also provide personal development opportunities too.
"As a former charity chief executive, I found corporate volunteering could sometimes be more about what the business gained from the experience than the charity. We wanted our co-workers to be able to help charities that share our values to deliver strategic objectives by using the breadth of knowledge and skills within the Triodos team in a way which these organisations find most useful.
"As tackling social inequality is one of Triodos Bank’s key objectives, the Changemaker program involves our co-workers at the very heart of our business activity working beside the social entrepreneurs who are making a difference."
All Triodos staff will have one working day to volunteer as a Changemaker; a commitment that can be broken up into several hours or one full day – with the chance to choose different activities, including fundraising help and marketing support for charity operations.
Triodos Bank co-worker and volunteer Simon Marlow said: "I want to contribute wherever I can and through working for Triodos I always felt I was part of a commercial organisation committed to changing lives and it’s important to remember why supporting not-for-profits is so important. Young Bristol and BDP are aligned with everything the bank stands for, and it will be a pleasure to see their work in practice."
Young Bristol is a youth-driven charity that works to raise the aspirations of children and young people in and around Bristol so that they are equipped for life now and in the future, and are able to reach their full potential and actively participate in their communities.
Lee Williams, Chief Executive of Young Bristol commented "We are really pleased and excited that Triodos Bank have become our latest Business Partner. Their business ethos, ethics and values are very much in line with ours. We are really excited by the variety of opportunities this Partnership will bring from helping our Community based Youth Clubs through to assisting Young Bristol with its strategic development. This is a truly mutual Partnership that will hugely benefit both organisations."
2016 marks Bristol Drugs Project’s 30th year of helping people achieve independence from drugs and alcohol. Bristol has one of the largest populations of people experiencing problems with their drug use in the UK with the charity providing support and treatment to over 4,000 individuals each year.
Maggie Telfer OBE, Chief Executive of BDP said "We are delighted that Triodos Bank have chosen us as a partner; our commitment to reducing prejudice and maximising people’s potential is a perfect fit with their mission to create a society that protects and promotes the quality of life for all its members.
"Our organisations are both driven by passion and we are looking forward to working with Triodos’s Changemakers on a range of projects, including improvements to our new base in South Bristol and taking a fresh look at some of the complex processes in managing the 10,000 referrals made to us each year. In return we guarantee each Triodos volunteer a real insight into one of society’s most challenging and damaging problems"
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About Triodos Bank
Triodos Bank opened in the UK in 1995. Its main office is in Bristol and it employs 125 co-workers. It is a global pioneer in sustainable banking with a mission to make money work for positive social, environmental change. It offers a range of personal and business banking services along and has a corporate finance team which is a pioneer of innovative finance models in social investment.
Triodos Bank UK acquired its office in Bristol in 2015 giving it greater flexibility with the space and a solid asset for the future, demonstrating its commitment to its Bristol location for the long-term.