How we're helping Northern Ireland

Helping Britain Prosper Plan

Across the UK the Helping Britain Prosper Plan is making a positive difference for people of all ages, businesses of all type and size, and the communities they share.

Behind each headline there are thousands of individual stories about how we’re helping. And we’re not doing it alone. We’re working together with our four charitable Foundations, community groups and other businesses.

"We embrace our economic, social and environmental responsibilities to Help Britain Prosper by operating as a responsible, sustainable and inclusive Group."

Sara Weller, Independent Director and Chairman of the Responsible Business Committee

Helping low income students to aim high

Since its inception in 2011, over 1,000 students have benefited from our Lloyds Scholars programme, which provides the financial support they need to study at university along with a package of support, including mentoring and internships.

As a member of one of the first cohort of Lloyds Scholars, Michael Dallat has undertaken two internships and secured a place on our Graduate Programme for 2020.

The Lloyds Scholars program is a fantastic package. The internships, volunteering and access to a mentor have been immensely beneficial for my career prospects. The internships have allowed me to develop new skills, and network with lots of driven and inspiring individuals.

Michael Dallat, Lloyds Scholar

Seeing the world through the eyes of a partially sighted child

Angel Eyes NI is a small charity based in Belfast, set up in 2007 by parents of visually impaired children, who wanted to improve the support available to other parents in the same situation.

The charity offers a range of services to families including an Education Service, Saturday Club and advocacy work. The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland was one of the first funders of this charity helping to secure 5 Community Grants since 2014.

The charity’s work is delivered through its 2 full-time and 2 part-time staff as well as 44 volunteers. Last year, they were one of 2 winners of the Foundation’s ‘Pitching 4 Pounds’ programme, which saw the charity successfully develop an innovative virtual reality app, helping parents and professionals see the world through the eyes of a partially sighted child.

In April Lord Blackwell, Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group, visited and met with CEO Sara McCracken and her team, parents and the children this charity works hard to support.

Developing skills and leadership potential

The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland, one of Northern Ireland’s leading charitable foundations, is showing real leadership in delivering a charity mentoring scheme that is helping to develop the skills of leaders in the third sector.

Launched in 2017, the scheme matches Bank colleagues who commit to delivering one-to-one mentoring over a 12 month period. All mentors and mentees receive specific training on mentoring partnerships to ensure there is value added at each interaction.

One of the ways help is being offered is through one-to-one mentoring sessions. These sessions can make a huge difference to the charities who are working so hard to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

Brenda McMullan, Halifax Foundation for NI Manager