Supporting our Communities - Corporate Sustainability | Ulster Bank

Supporting Our Communities

Community Programmes

Through our community programmes we aim to deliver sustainable long-term benefits that make a difference to people's lives and positively impact on the communities we serve. We work as partners with community and third-sector organisations to deliver these programmes. This helps us reach more people and brings a wider range of skills and opportunities into the mix.

We continue to focus our efforts and investment in two key areas where we have core strengths, an opportunity to lead change and add long-term value to our communities and economies.

Financial capability/education

Our commitment to financial capability includes MoneySense, the largest financial education programme in the UK and Ireland. We also support community-led financial education and helping our customers make informed financial decisions through initiatives such as personal finance reviews, frauds and scams workshops and digital tools to manage their personal finances.

Enterprise and Innovation

We support economic growth through investment in innovation and entrepreneurship. Our key activities include Young Social Innovators, BusinessWomenCan and our Skills and Opportunities Fund
 

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators

Ulster Bank launched its partnership with Young Social Innovators (YSI) in January 2016. YSI enables young people to tackle difficult social issues, advocating reform and advancing change. Since its foundation in 2002, over 120,000 students have participated in the YSI model of innovation learning. They have addressed a wide range of local, national and global problems they care about, collaborating to find solutions that change the world for good. Amongst the issues young people tackled in 2016 were cyber bullying, homelessness, refugees, farm safety, racism, energy, health and poverty.

Our goal as a business is to enable growth through innovation, whether it is support for our business customers or for the communities where we live and work. Our relationship with YSI builds on our strong community legacy of education whilst at the same time focusses on the unique potential to embrace social innovation as a force for good, and one that’s set to address inclusive economic recovery in Ireland.

To find out more about YSI visit their website

Helping young people deal with a wide range of social issues.

One week in June

One week in June

2016 marked the fourth year of One Week in June – our bank-wide fundraising campaign where colleagues in every part of Ireland come together in June to raise money for the causes we care most about and make a difference to the communities where we live and work.

Last year our campaign was focused on cancer care to help make a difference to the lives of those coping with cancer. Cancer is a cause close to the hearts of many of our colleagues and their families, as it  is to our customers, communities and wider stakeholders.

Colleagues felt it was important to be able to support local charities working in the area of cancer care, most of which are particularly personal to them.

Our teams raised €452,000 during the month of June for over 50 cancer charities, national and local.

In the last four years, the campaign has donated over €1.5 million to good causes in the month of June alone

A month-long fundraising initiative for Ulster Bank staff and customers, partnering with charities, across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

MoneySense
Financial Education for Schools

Financial literacy is critical in enabling young people to learn how to manage money and make the most of their financial circumstances. Today’s teenagers are tomorrow’s adults. Their ability to lead financially healthy lives deserves positive and proactive support.

That’s why we invest in our bank-wide financial education programme for young people, the largest and longest-running schools programme in Ireland and the UK. The programme provides a range of free, online, interactive learning resources tailored to meet the needs of students from the age of 5 to 18.Through teaching an understanding of money, debt, credit, earning and saving, we can give the next generation the ability to make their own financial decisions, leading to greater choice and freedom in adult life.

We re-designed MoneySense in 2015, introducing a range of new content for both primary and secondary students to ensure its sustainability as an online teacher-led education resource accessible to all schools at www.mymoneysense.com. Teachers can also request a volunteer to visit their school and support them in delivering a MoneySense session. The new programme includes for the first time resources for parents and carers, who consistently tell us they want tips and new ideas to help them teach children about money using examples from everyday living at home.

MoneySense has won five prestigious CSR & Education a number of Corporate Social Responsibility awards in recent years:

  • Best Community Volunteering Programme Chambers Ireland 2015
  • UTV Business Eye, Business Education Award 2014
  • Business in the Community Northern Ireland Highly Commended Education Partner Award 2013
  • Chambers Ireland Community Award 2012
  • Irish Sponsorhip Best Grassroots Community Sponsorship Award, 2012

View our MoneySense website here  (select your region to see specific content).

 

 

 

 

Free information designed to help people manage their money better.

Employee Involvement

Employee Community Involvement

Charitable giving is very much part of our culture at Ulster Bank. We do not focus on one single charity of the year, preferring to provide ongoing support to many charities and good causes throughout the year, through staff fundraising, Payroll Giving and our Community Cashback Awards programme.

Payroll Giving – Ulster Bank Staff Charity Fund

Our employees can choose to donate from their salary each month to the Ulster Bank Staff Charity Fund. This is a registered charity, managed by a committee of employee volunteers. All payroll donations from employees are distributed by the Committee on a quarterly basis to charities and good causes that apply directly to our Fund or who are referred by contributing members. If you are a registered charity and would like to make an application to the Staff Charity Fund, you can do so here.

Community Cashback

Ulster Bank also wants to make a difference to the many small local community and charitable organisations that our staff employees support around the country.

Everyone employed at Ulster Bank is entitled to claim a Community Cashback Award each year for their local community organisation or charity. The award is for €250 directly to the charity.

ATM Giving

Ulster Bank has developed a new and easy way for its customers to donate to their favourite causes - becoming the first bank to introduce a charity donation facility through its ATM network in the Republic of Ireland.
Customers can donate between €1 and €250 in any one transaction to one of the participating charities. Participating charities were chosen using independent research reports to identify the most commonly supported charitable causes and leading charities for each cause in both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

No service charges or transaction fees apply to charitable donations via ATM or online.


Give a day

Real community involvement goes further than financial support. Our Give a Day programme encourages all our people a take up to three extra day’s leave each year to support the communities where we live and work.

In the process, we build new relationships and gain a greater understanding of the needs of the communities in which we operate.

Our involvement helps to strengthen our communities in a variety of ways, whether by mentoring young people in start-up businesses, delivering financial education in schools, providing interview skills training to help people get back to work or raising funds to support many small voluntary and community organisations up and down the country.
 

Charitable giving is very much part of our culture at Ulster Bank. We provide ongoing support to many charities and good causes – large and small

Skills and opportunities fund

Skills & Opportunities Fund

One of the ways we support entrepreneurship and add value to our economy is to invest in disadvantaged communities, helping people to gain new skills or start a business. We believe that by helping others to help themselves, we build stronger communities and we can all grow.

That’s exactly what the RBS-wide Skills and Opportunities Fund was set up to do – with a £2.5m per year commitment across the UK and Ireland to provide grants to community organisations focused on helping people better their lives through education and enterprise.

In Ireland the Fund has already distributed grants totalling €321,000 to 15 community organisations who are working to support enterprise and education projects on the ground in local communities.

For example, Irish Youth Foundation’s Bike Project supported 100 vulnerable young people in deprived areas of Cork, training them in bike mechanics and maintenance. Ten young people will achieve a City and Guilds qualification as a result. This sustainable community enterprise helps people get affordable, good quality bikes, encourages cycling, reduces waste to landfill and supports youth-led new enterprise in the Cork area.

In 2016 we funded projects based in Dublin, Leitrim, Longford, Sligo and Waterford as well as Northern Ireland. You can read more about these projects, and about the 2017 Skills and Opportunities programme by visiting the website.

A fund available to help good causes in our local communities.

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