18 June 2019

Supporting communities and making a difference

The Rock Trust aims to prevent youth homelessness and support young people to build better futures. Last year, they received a £50,000 Community Grant from Nationwide’s Community Board in Scotland.

Ally is Head of Services at the Rock Trust and said:

"When young people leave foster care, they face temporary accommodation and uncertain futures. Our Housing First project helps them break out of that cycle by offering them a permanent place to live, and support to stand on their own two feet. With Nationwide’s help, we’ve doubled the number of young people we can support".

Hannah’s story:

"The Rock Trust stepped in when I most needed it. I used to run away all the time and I didn’t feel like I could trust anyone. Now I’ve got a place to call my own, I’m at college and I don’t drink or do drugs anymore. I feel like this is my home. And I know I have help no matter what".

Adam is one of Hannah’s Rock Trust project workers who supports her day-to-day.

"The biggest change I’ve seen in Hannah is her confidence. She lives on her own, supports herself and has made such a positive change to her life. And Nationwide’s grant is helping us do that for so many others now, too".

Watch Hannah's story

Hannah’s story

Before I got my house, I was running away all the time, I was involved with the police, I was number one missing person in Scotland.

I was constantly getting taken to the hospital for psychiatric evaluations because I was drinking, taking drugs.

I eventually got secured because my mental health got that bad.

After I came out of secure, I got referred to Rock Trust.

They're no there to judge, they're there to actually help you, get you a safe place to stay, make it yours so that you feel safe within it.

It just gives you a sense of stable security.

I think if I didn't get put with Rock Trust when I did and had such support from them, then I probably wouldn't be here today.

As a building society, we are guided by a social rather than a commercial purpose and aim to make our communities better places to live and work. Last year, we aligned our social investment with our goal of helping people into better homes and now direct most of our community investment into housing initiatives.

In the second year of our social investment strategy, built on the idea that everyone should have a place fit to call home, we’ve awarded Community Grants totalling £3.9 million to more than 100 housing-related projects. We’re also working with Swindon Borough Council to develop a multi-generational community of 239 homes.

Everyone should have a place fit to call home

We continue to take concrete steps to make our communities better places to live and work.

In 2007 our members voted to commit at least 1% of pre-tax profit to charitable activities each year. In 2018/19, we invested £10.6 million in community projects through the Nationwide Foundation (an independent charity which we fund), our own social investment strategy and a range of local initiatives.

In the last year, we have made grants totalling £3.9 million to over 100 housing-related charities or projects. Our funding has helped older people live independently for longer in Scotland, supported homeless young people in Gloucestershire to rebuild their lives, and has supported young vulnerable people in Wales through funding for a new helpline.

We are also working with two housing and homelessness charities. We have supported Shelter since 2001, part-funding its national helpline, donating £5 for every new mortgage taken out and supporting its Christmas campaign. We’re also working with St Mungo’s, to provide our branch colleagues with the tools and knowledge they need to provide a compassionate response to rough sleepers locally.

Perhaps that’s why we’re voted no.1 for trust in our financial and banking peer group, with a lead over our nearest competitor of 2.3% (March 2018: 1.4%), and we’re joint top for brand consideration*. Our trust and brand consideration scores were our highest year-end scores ever.**

We’re committed to Building Society, Nationwide.

Find out more information on our community work.

*Source: Nationwide Brand and Advertising tracker compiled by Independent Research Agency, based on all consumer responses, 12 months ended 31 March 2019. Financial brands included Nationwide, Barclays, Co-operative Bank, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander and TSB. Joint top for brand consideration with Halifax.
**Source: Nationwide Brand and Advertising tracker compiled by Independent Research Agency, based on all consumer responses, 12 months ended 31 March in each year since the surveys began in 2012. Financial brands included Nationwide, Barclays, Co-operative Bank, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, NatWest, Santander and TSB. Joint top for brand consideration with Halifax.

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