Proud to Help
4 June 2019 | Scotland
Flying the flag for LGBT rights.
TSB Partner Sarah-Jane Treacy says she has the best of both worlds working as a partner at the Edinburgh branch of TSB. She has a job she loves but also the freedom to promote a cause she feels strongly about and help others.
Sarah-Jane is an advocate for LGBT rights, an issue she cares passionately about as she is herself gay. Sarah-Jane, 24, says: “On my first day I was told about the TSB Scottish Inclusion network. Within that umbrella group they have the LGBT Affinity Group. I joined the group and decided I would do my best to help support any issues arising that might affect partners who are LGBT. Now we continuously work to support inclusion and the LGBT community within TSB.
“It is important for me because I feel there was not a lot of support and information around when I was younger in terms of LGBT issues. But I am vocal and I want to use that to reach out to those that need it in the community. I just try and make myself available in and out of work to anyone who needs help, support or advice.
“We have a lot of inclusion events in the company throughout the year - and not just LGBT issues. Scotland Inclusion also support various minorities. For example we recently celebrated Ramadan by buddying up non-muslim partners with partners who were fasting. They then fasted alongside them for a day, to support them.”
Sarah-Jane first came across TSB at the Edinburgh Pride event two years ago where they had a stall. She stopped to chat and ask some questions.
“I was impressed,” she recalls.” They gave me a rainbow lanyard and some other merchandise as well and I walked away really wanting to work for TSB.”
A year later Sarah-Jane made that wish a reality. Since last May she has been working at the TSB Business Banking Centre at Excel House.
And later this month she will be leading TSB’s presence at Edinburgh Pride 2019.
“If I can work for a bank, than so can anyone. Growing up I faced pressures. But my family have always been really supportive. Yet I know how much of a struggle it can be for some people and then coming out in the workplace is a different ball game. But TSB has been really supportive. They have enabled me to believe I can take up the challenge for others.
“Generally Scotland is right up there in terms of LGBT issues and education. It is a leader in terms of inclusion. But there is always more work to be done. It is not always about beating the drum but continuing to advocate and say that we are out there.”