Employees from Santander’s Bootle office recently spent the day at Merseyside Play Action Council to help redecorate two of the charity’s meetings rooms and an annex building. The activity saw 12 volunteers help re-paint the rooms so that the spaces could be rented out to local businesses in order to raise additional funds. Santander also donated £250 to cover the cost of paint and other essential materials needed for the redecoration.
Merseyside Play Action Council has been developing play in Liverpool since 1974. The charity provides year-round advocacy, support and advice for charities, organisations and community groups offering children and young people’s activities.
Ann Dobie, Merseyside Play Action Council, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all of the Santander volunteers for their time and dedication to help redecorate the meeting rooms. Creating new sources of income to help fund the charity is key to ensuring we can continue our work with children and young people from across Merseyside.”
Deana Ryan, Operations Manager at Santander’s Bootle Office, said: “The team worked tirelessly to ensure all that the rooms were fully redecorated in one day. We hope that the rental of these rooms will provide the charity with the additional income they require to support local charities, organisations and community groups.”
Santander’s Community Days scheme encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause. Last year over 2,700 members of staff took part in 256 projects across the country, including refurbishing local schools, hospitals and helping with community projects.
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Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 31 December 2014, Santander UK was the most switched to bank, attracting 1 in 4 new retail customers. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 921 branches and 66 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.
Santander’s Community activities feature employee fundraising campaigns which provide support to local and national charities. At the company’s main office sites employees are involved in volunteering through initiatives such as the Community Days team challenge events and the Santander in Schools programme. The Santander Foundation provides donations to projects that support disadvantaged people through education and training, and financial advice projects. This year the Community programme will contribute over £6 million to good causes around the UK.
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