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Looking back on a year of BACB charitable work

Posted on 22/11/2023

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Yesterday, BACB had the honour of attending the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Impact Reception in Mansion House. The annual event, held in the heart of the City of London, showcases the charitable work of London businesses, and exhibits the positive impact that these initiatives have had on local communities.

Over the past 12 months, BACB has organised a number of successful volunteering days as part of our BACB Together programme. Developed in partnership with Employee Volunteering, the scheme encourages employees to volunteer and engage with good causes – allowing for team building, the development of inter-disciplinary working relationships, and giving BACB the opportunity to give back to local communities. By volunteering in the area that they live and work, employees can engage with causes that matter to them, and see the fruits of their efforts. BACB was recognised by industry publication Treasury Management with an award for ‘Best Community Engagement’ in 2022.

Alongside volunteering days organised by BACB to allow for team building and bonding, BACB further encourages employees to volunteer of their own accord through a variety of schemes. The Bank’s “£ for £” scheme matches employee fundraising up to £500 per year, as well as supporting a “Give as You Earn” scheme. BACB also matches holiday days for any volunteering undertaken, overseas or in the UK.

This year our volunteers have been kind enough to provided their time to Glamis Adventure Playground, Canbury Gardens, and Essex Wildlife Trust. Their support has been greatly appreciated, and we encourage all those interested to get involved!

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Glamis Adventure Playground

Glamis Adventure Playground in Shadwell, East London, has been consistently supported by staff members since 2018. BACB Together volunteers have overseen a number of rounds of improvement to the site over the years, from painting apparatus, fixing equipment, maintaining the playground’s gardens, and decorating the space.

The Glamis Adventure Playground is a vital part of the community in Shadwell, especially for the children who live in the surrounding area. Living in an urban metropolitan neighbourhood, green spaces such as these cannot be taken for granted, and are crucial to helping children develop, test their limits, and have fun.

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Canbury Gardens

Canbury Gardens is a public space that covers 4 ½ acres of land along the River Thames. The space is protected by the Canbury And Riverside Association (CARA) – a non-political organisation comprised of local volunteers.

BACB Together volunteers visited Canbury Gardens to lend a hand with the park’s efforts to acquire a Green Flag Award – an international accreditation that recognises public parks and green spaces. Volunteers dedicated their time to pruning, weeding, and planting new flower beds for park visitors to enjoy.

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Essex Wildlife Trust

BACB Together has supported the Essex Wildlife Trust at Chafford Gorges Nature Discovery Park over the past two years. Employees have been tasked with conservation activities that helped to preserve the natural ecosystem of the surrounding area, engaging in numerous sustainability efforts, such as seasonal pruning, building floating bird boxes, and maintaining the footpaths.


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