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Sara Heald

Sara Heald

Head of Community Investment

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Volunteering support

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK, which takes place from the 1-7 June 2014.

Graham Precey, Head of Legal & General’s Corporate Responsibility and Ethics, commenting on the volunteering support by our employees said: “I’m always amazed at the efforts our employees make by volunteering their time to help enrich the lives of many people and their families, as well as the local communities, on a daily basis.

I believe that the growing number of staff that volunteer, giving their time to help and to raise much needed funds for a wide range of charities or initiatives, is a reflection of this ethos. We are very proud of our staff and the efforts that they go to in making everyday things for some, really matter to people in our local communities.”

Legal & General’s aim is to encourage employees to provide at least 1,000 working days of volunteering a year. In 2013 over 25% of our workforce volunteered during work time and in their communities to support local issues. This amounted to over 2000 days. Our employee volunteering policy allows employees to volunteer during work time for a minimum of one day a year.

Employee involvement in volunteering is encouraged across Legal & General Group. For example there are special community awards, which are announced each year by our Chairman. They are voted for by employees, their friends and families, recognising employees across the business who have made a significant impact to the community. The event celebrates employees’ passion and enthusiasm to do the right thing, which is so important to Legal & General’s culture. The winners of this year’s awards are available at http://www.legalandgeneralgroup.com/csr/community-awards/

Our Support for Royal Voluntary Service, (RVS)

We have over 1 million customers who are in retirement and so we are aware of how valued the services the RVS offer are to the wellbeing of many of our customers and the local community. However, sometimes even these dedicated volunteers need some help. So we are delighted to support requests from our employees to volunteer their time to help the RVS.

RVS supports over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor made solutions. Through its army of 40,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (companionship), Meals-on-Wheels and Books-on-Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. Read more about the charity.

Employees from our Retirement business recently helped to give the RVS shop at Epsom Hospital a much needed facelift. Plus, since January this year, employees have taken it in turn to help with the running of the RVS shop every Friday. Over 30 employees from our Kingswood office in Surrey have been involved in this support already and by the end of the year employees will have dedicated over 120 days to help support RVS in this way.

Ken Cansdale, one of our employees helping with the Royal Voluntary Service support at Epsom Hospital in Surrey said: “ Working with the Royal Voluntary Service and being involved in this project has been fantastic. We pride ourselves on the support we give to our customers and do appreciate the challenges that some of our customers face. However, working in the Royal Voluntary Service hospital shop has given me a wider understanding and appreciation of just how difficult those challenges can be. The simplest of things, such as just having a chat with a patient and their family can make a world of difference. I’m so pleased that I’ve volunteered to help with this project and to see the immediate benefits that my time can bring, as well as having fun!.”

Our Retirement business offers support for the Royal Voluntary Service also includes:

  • Arranging facilities and support at our Kingswood location so 25 RVS volunteers could complete e-learning programmes on Equality and Diversity; Health & Safety; and Safeguarding;
  • Our employees in Cardiff support the RVS befriending scheme, where employees are in regular contact with people the RVS have identified would appreciate some help and support, as part of the scheme.
  • This is in addition to fund-raising by the employees such as dress down days and a summer BBQ, to help raise more funds for the charity.

More details on our working with the third sector to understand our retirement customers can be found in our latest CSR Report.

Our CSR team are always keen to hear of volunteering opportunities that are in the local communities close to where our offices are based. Please send details to Sara Heald at sara.heald@landg.com

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