In 2010 we took inspiration from our founder, Samuel Fox, a local Quaker and philanthropist who set up the building society more than 170 years ago. Based on Fox’s principles of improving education and basic skills through numeracy and literacy, improving employability and everyone being entitled to a roof over their heads, we launched our programme in 2011. Find out more about Samuel Fox and our history here.
Since then we have supported more than 10,000 people through £500,000 of grants, £156,000 of fundraising and 5,000 volunteering hours. More than 2,000 students have benefitted from programmes with our charity partner Young Enterprise or received Money Academy lessons. Working with homelessness charity Framework, we have supported hundreds of services users through their Skills Plus programme to help them move away from homelessness forever.
So far in 2020 we have donated £100,000 to support our communities and help them to thrive within the current crisis.
We also encourage our teams to support their own communities - each member of staff has two days leave that they can use to volunteer and support good causes as well as the opportunity to support charities close to their own hearts through our staff match-funding and Payroll Giving schemes.
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