Supporting the Community
Because our actions speak louder than words
Here are some of the ways we get involved
The Society provides financial support and practical assistance to local charities and organisations through its associated Charitable Foundation and the Society’s Charity Day Off scheme, which gives all members of staff a day off each year to work with local charities and good causes.
In addition the Society gets involved with many local community based events covering a range of activities.
Kibworth Coffee Morning
Carnival of Running
Macmillan Coffee Morning
LOROS Yellow Day
Harborough by the Sea
Kettering Cycle Tour
Kibworth Coffee MorningOn Friday 5th May, our Kibworth branch hosted a coffee morning in aid of their local charity, GEMS who were celebrating their 5th Birthday. Customers were invited to join the branch for tea and cake and over £175 was raised for the GEMS charity.
Carnival of RunningThe Carnival of Running is one of the Society's main sponsorship events of the year! We handed out over 850 bottles of water to the runners at the first water station, presented every runner with a medal as they crossed the finish line and of course had some of our own athletes participate in the run!
Macmillan Coffee MorningIn September the Society participated with the Macmillan Coffee Morning with both Head Office and the branch network all taking part. There was an interdepartmental challenge to find the Society's 'star baker' and we raised an amazing £890.00 for MacMillan!
LOROS Yellow DayTo raise money for LOROS our Mortgage Processing team organised a Yellow Day for Head Office. There was an assortment of yellow items worn from hi-vis jackets to yellow socks and yummy treats to match. The day raised more than £130.00 for LOROS.
Harborough by the SeaOn 31 July, the Society supported the town's annual Harborough by the Sea event, by handing out buckets, spades and beach balls to children playing in the sandpits. Throughout the day, sandcastle competitions took place - there were some wonderful creations! All donations received were sent to Rainbows Hospice.
Air AmbulanceOn 21 June Market Harborough Branch hosted a coffee morning to raise money for Air Ambulance. There was a great selection of home baked cakes available and the branch team raised over £130.
Kettering Cycle Tour
As the cyclists of the OVO Cycling Race passed through Kettering Town Centre on 7 June, spectators were invited to join Kettering branch for tea and cake. The day was a huge success and the branch team raised over £50 for Cransley Hospice!
The Society was delighted to be at the heart of Arts Fresco 2017. Despite the weather, the event attracted 1,000s of visitors to the town. There was a really eclectic mix of acts performing throughout the day; the Society manned the information stand on The Square and sponsored the Children's Village where there was an array of activities including face painting, a mystery trail and circus skills.
Litter PickThroughout 2017 MHBS team members have volunteered each month to litter pick along the River Well and, working with the Market Harborough Environment Group. The different groups have cleared away an array of items including footballs, scooters, shopping trolleys and mobile phones. We are proud to be involved.
You’re never too young to learn!
Living in a society that increasingly encourages spending and borrowing, means providing the younger generation with a solid financial education is vital.
Youngsters are used to owning expensive items, the latest mobile phone and designer items, but do they really have a true understanding of their value, how long it takes to earn and save the money to be able to make these purchases?
The importance of budgeting and saving is often neglected and unfortunately a lot of younger people can find themselves in financial trouble;
- 31% of under 25’s report being in debt (Action for Children, 2015)
- Only 1/3 of 16-24 year olds have at least £1,000 saved (StepChange, 2015)
- Half of all students run out of money before their next loan starts (Telegraph, 2015)
As a mutual Society, with our members’ best interests in mind, we provide a facility to local schools that addresses the foundations of all things ‘financial’. Educating the younger generation with essential information about saving and budgeting, we hope to reduce the risk of them being faced with financial troubles now and in the future.
Throughout the academic year, members of our branch network visit local schools with an interactive presentation that can be tailored to the school’s individual needs. It sets the scene with an introduction to the history of building societies then delves into the world of savings, touching on mortgages too.
If you are interested in finding out more information, or would like to arrange a presentation for your school, we would love to hear from you. Please call the team on 01858 412250.