Tackling the cost of living crisis and supporting local communities with other societies

We have joined forces with Hinckley & Rugby Building Society and Melton Building Society to support local community projects across Leicestershire. 

The partnership aims to help the local community by working with different charities and organisations, donating money, and facilitating assistance and advice to those in need.

This year, our three building societies have chosen to support The Bridge East Midlands, a homeless charity that provides accommodation and support services to homeless people in Leicestershire.  We have each donated £15,000 to the charity to fund the hiring of a Housing Adviser who will be easily accessible to the community being based on the high streets in or around the three Building Society towns.

New: Housing Adviser in our area!

We’re delighted to announce that Specialist Housing Adviser Rachael will provide much-needed support to those in our local area by offering advice and guidance to anyone that needs it. She will be holding regular drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 1pm at The Well Café in Kibworth. Through our branch in Kibworth we’ve been supporting our members in the area for over 20 years. As part of our Thrive agenda, we’re pleased that working together with The Bridge we can provide a valuable service that will help those in need in our local community.

The partnership between the Building Societies represents a shared goal to help get people on to the housing ladder and achieve their dream homes. In this case, we are coming together to support those who are worried about the ability to pay their mortgage or are experiencing difficulties due to changed circumstances or the cost-of-living crises. The service will be free to access for all.

Anna Maudsley from The Bridge East Midlands, says: We are delighted to have received this significant funding as it enables us to increase our service by another three days a week across the county for this year, offering specialist advice, information and guidance to prevent homelessness and supporting our mission to develop sustainable housing solutions for individuals and communities through partnership, empowerment and good practice which is an increasing priority during this cost of living crisis.  

A word from us…

On behalf of us and the other Building Societies: “We are delighted to be partnering to support The Bridge East Midlands. We believe that the work they do is important in providing support and accommodation to homeless people in Leicestershire. We hope that our donation and the expertise of the newly appointed Housing Adviser will make a real difference in the lives of those who need it the most.”

Our CEO, Iain Kirkpatrick, said about the launch of the joint initiative: “I’m delighted that this latest step in our Thrive agenda means we continue to give back to the local community in ways that will make a real difference. Through our partnership with the Hinckley & Rugby and Melton Mowbray Building Societies, we will help The Bridge provide a vital housing support service to those around us.”


For free specialist housing advice and assistance with homelessness call The Bridge on 0800 038 5964.  

Article correct as of 10 May 2023