1 September 2016

TSB Welcomes nearly 500 new local charity partners

  • Charities chosen from over 25,000 nominations from local people.
  • TSB and its customers have donated over £1million since the programme launched in February 2015.

TSB today welcomes nearly 500 local causes from across Britain, which are set to benefit from fundraising and volunteering support as the Bank's new Local Charity Partners for 2016/17.

TSB understands that no one knows their local community better than the people who live there. That's why the Bank lets local people nominate a local cause that they would like them to partner with.

For the 2016/17 partnerships, TSB received over 25,000 nominations from customers, members of the public and Partners who work for the Bank. Branches and office sites then selected their Local Charity Partner from the three organisations that they received the most nominations for.

You can find out which charity your local TSB branch is supporting via TSB's online branch directory here

Bola Gibson, Head of Community Engagement, at TSB, said: "I'm delighted to welcome our new Local Charity Partners and really look forward to partnering with them over the coming months.

"Local charities are the lifeblood of the communities they serve, but unlike larger organisations, they often struggle to get their voices heard.

"What our Local Charity Partnerships have proved is that partnerships between well-known businesses and local causes can have a really positive effect, not just by increasing fundraising, but also increasing local awareness. Our Welcome Workshops will also help our new partnerships get off to a strong start and have lasting benefits.

"This is a programme that our TSB Partners love to get involved in, and they can't wait to get started."

TSB's first Local Charity Partnerships came to an end in June 2016, and the Bank and its local communities have already donated over £1 million to causes across Britain since the programme began.

As well as receiving valuable funds, TSB's charity partners have reported other benefits from the programme, including a higher local profile, increased staff and volunteer morale, and the ability to help more people. TSB is continuing to build on its programme for the 2016/17 partnerships and has introduced a Welcome Workshop to help its charity partners make the most of the opportunity to raise their profile while gaining additional skills.

In May, TSB announced a new five year partnership with Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport. The partnership celebrates ordinary people, like those working in local charities, doing extraordinary things in local communities all over the country.


Notes to editors

Further detail on the vital role that local charities and social enterprises play in their communities - as well as the challenges they face in today's world - can be found in TSB's recent Local Charities Matter report launched in June 2016.

For the report, TSB teamed up with Small Charities Coalition to identify five ways we can all help Britain's small charities. They are:

  1. Find a local cause - Don't know what charities are local to you? Want to find one you are passionate about? Check out Guidestar and Small Charity Directory
  2. Raise awareness - A key challenge for small, local charities is raising their profile, particularly when funding is tight. If a local charity helps you, or someone you know, or if you or someone you know raises money for a local cause then spread the word.
  3. Work in partnership - whether you're a small charity, a business or a member of public, working in partnership with local charities can be a powerful tool. Whether it's encouraging a local business to support a local charity or small charities themselves working together to share knowledge and expertise.
  4. Volunteer - Not sure where to start? Small Charities Coalition offers resources to help individuals and companies give time and expertise - whether skills, fundraising, becoming a trustee, or organising employee volunteering.
  5. Give - Don't forget, a little can go a long way. Want to do more? Get in touch with your local charity or check out Local Giving for ideas.

About TSB

TSB was built to bring more competition to UK banking - to be a real challenger to the big banks and to deliver the kind of banking the people of Britain want. TSB only serves local customers and local businesses, to help fuel local economies, because communities thriving across Britain is a good thing for all of us.

We have a simple, straightforward and transparent banking model and make clear on our website how we operate and make money. We offer the products and services people tell us they want, with none of the funny stuff people normally associate with traditional banks.

Our 4.8 million customers, award winning mobile and digital banking, nationwide network of branches and 8,500 Partners mean we are big enough to make a difference, but small enough to be an agile challenger to the entire market.

For further information about TSB Bank plc, please visit our website www.tsb.co.uk