Our Charity Partner
Lloyds Banking Group colleagues overwhelmingly voted to support Mental Health UK as its charity partner for 2017/18. The partnership aims to promote awareness of the link between mental health and money problems, encourage discussion between customers and colleagues and raise at least £2million per year in offices and branches across the UK.
Support has been overwhelming and thanks to their brilliant efforts, over £3 million has been raised for Mental Health UK so far this year. As a result, Mental Health UK has been able to create Mental Health and Money Advice; the UK’s first dedicated advice service for mental health and money problems. This service offers combined support for people with mental illness who are struggling with their money, as well as people whose money problems are affecting their mental health.
Fiona Cannon, Responsible Business and Inclusion Director at Lloyds Banking Group said: “We are very proud to see Mental Health UK launch Mental Health and Money Advice and look forward to seeing the positive impact the service will have on those affected by poor financial and mental health.”
Our partnership with Mental Health UK goes beyond fundraising. Colleagues have been playing an equally important role in helping raise awareness of mental health and volunteering their time to support the charity, for example, colleagues from our Digital and Telephony teams have shared their skills and expertise to support Mental Health UK in building the Mental Health and Money Advice website and advice line.
The partnership builds on the Group’s support for its network of four independent charitable Foundations who together have invested almost £600m into thousands of local charities over the last 30 years. Improving mental health is an important way for the Foundations to tackle disadvantage at a local level and currently 148 local charities are receiving funding specifically to support individuals improve their mental health and move on with their lives.