Santander's Community Days national volunteering programme began this week, with the aim of enabling employees to donate over 7,500 hours of their time and expertise to local charities and community projects over the next few months. The programme focuses specifically on the areas in which the bank operates.
The first initiatives include improving a local church garden in Exeter, painting a fence around an outdoor play area in Leeds, and regenerating a lounge area at an Age Concern centre in Manchester. Nine staff volunteers from the Milton Keynes branch are also decorating the main hall of the York House Centre in Milton Keynes.
Meanwhile, branches across the country will be raising money for Santander’s Charity of the Year, Cancer Research UK, through local and national fundraising events.
Sheralee Morris, Santander Community Relations Manager said: "This is the third year of the Community Days programme and the response has been fantastic. Last year 800 staff took part in various community projects and this year we expect up to 1,000 staff to take part from a range of different levels and positions".
There is no formal application process for charities and groups to benefit from this volunteering programme. If you have a programme or project that could benefit from this initiative and are based near a Santander branch, then contact them at email@example.com.