The north east’s biggest building society has beaten off competition from around the country to receive a national award for its sustained work with the region’s communities .
Newcastle Building Society picked up the ‘Commitment to the Community’ honour at the Charity Times 2015 ‘Better Society’ Awards, which aims to “recognise the efforts commercial companies make to help create a better society for all.”
The award, given to companies who “actively aid and engage with local communities and deploy available resources to create long lasting impact”, was judged by a panel of experts from the charitable and voluntary sector.
This success highlights the continued efforts of NBS throughout 2014, which saw them hit a milestone donation of £1,000,000 to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation through its charity linked savings account, a figure which continues to grow.
In addition, the Society’s ‘Cornerstone of the Community’ programme entered its fifth year, an initiative where individual branches provide support to organisations and good causes in their local areas..
What’s more, the programme also involves a financial education scheme that has seen the Society engage with more than 1,400 pupils, as well as this, the programme has celebrated more than 200 local heroes for their work at a grass roots level through a series of glittering award ceremonies.
Other recent initiatives by the Newcastle include a re-launch of its volunteering policy, allowing staff more time off than ever before to help local good causes.
Natalie Falkous, head of corporate social responsibility at NBS, says: “As part of our commitment to mutuality, we’ve always worked hard to support the communities in which we operate. Our continued effort over recent years has resulted in the delivery of real and relevant results, which provide tangible benefits for thousands of real people in our local communities.
“We have reached several milestones in relation to our work recently and winning this national award gives great recognition to this, as well as support we have received from our staff and customers, all of which is a huge honour for the Society.”