Changing lives for the better

Tackling social disadvantage

In 2017, through our four independent charitable Foundations, we helped more than 2,800 charities to do more to tackle disadvantage in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Wyre Forest Nightstop received a grant of £68,000 to spend over three years from Lloyds Bank Foundation in 2017. Wyre Forest Nightstop is a Kidderminster-based charity that works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless, or at risk of being homeless.

The charity supports young people with a range of services, from emergency accommodation to family mediation, and offers opportunities to develop new skills and gain qualifications and experience through volunteering.

Courtney’s story

Courtney became homeless the day after she turned 18, when she was obliged to leave her foster carers.  Courtney found herself at the Wyre Forest Nightstop, who placed her with a host family and helped her find supported housing. With the continued support of Wyre Forest Nightstop, Courtney  started volunteering for the charity and gained a Peer Mentoring qualification. 

Courtney said, "I’ve now got a flat and a job, but I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it without Nightstop. Their support has never come to an end; they’re always here for me."

The charity has also benefitted from the Foundation’s Enhance programme, which aims to help strengthen their effectiveness through in-kind support. Through this, their Chief Executive Judith has had a funded place in ‘an Ella Forum’ – where she can meet other local CEOs to share ideas and challenges. She has also been matched to a Lloyds Banking Group Charity Mentor, Finance Manager Josh Cole, and gained the support of her local Lloyds Bank Branch.

People often comment on the divide between the voluntary sector and the private sector but we have so much to learn from each other. As I’ve found with my mentor, when we work together we can make great things happen. On a local level we have also had great support from our local Lloyds Bank Branch - staff volunteer and help us fund raise and it’s a great example of a community coming together for a shared goal.

Judith Ford, CEO, Wyre Forest Nightstop

Courtney’s story

Our commitment

In 2017, through our independent charitable Foundations, we helped more than 2,800 charities to tackle disadvantage in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands. Our contribution enables the Foundations to make grants to local, regional and national charities – most of which focus on supporting disadvantaged people during key transitions in their lives.

As part of our Helping Britain Prosper Plan we have set a target to support 7500 charities by 2020 to help them tackle social disadvantage across the UK.

The Helping Britain Prosper Plan was launched in 2014 and unites our Group and our colleagues to meet targets to address core socio-economic issues facing the UK. We believe we can use our scale and reach to help people, businesses and communities to prosper, because we know that when Britain prospers, we can too.

You can find out more about the targets we have set here

Find out more about the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales Foundation here.