Check out what Ulster Bank is doing to support local communities
Skills & Opportunities Fund
Ulster Bank’s new Skills & Opportunities Fund opened for applications from not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises on Monday 11 May, providing grants of up to £35,000/€40,000 for projects in disadvantaged communities across the island of Ireland. Applications are currently being shortlisted and decisions on the final grants will be made in early July.
The focus of the Fund is to give community organisations the funding they need to deliver projects that help people to access education, skills and opportunities. In turn, these projects will enable more people to find employment or start a business.
The initiative is the first all-bank initiative across the UK and Ireland, uniting RBS brands behind a single ambition and demonstrating how the bank will in future activate fewer, bigger programmes to support more of its employees, customers and communities behind a common cause.
For more information about the Skills & Opportunities Fund, visit Ulster Bank website: http://group.ulsterbank.com/about-us/corporate-sustainability.ashx
Supporting local charities for One Week in June
One Week In June is Ulster Bank’s annual fundraising campaign to bring all employees together to make a real difference in the communities where we live and work. During the month of June, staff in branches, business hubs and support functions get involved in a range of innovative fundraising events to support charities across the island of Ireland. This year the bank’s staff voted to support 14 of their favourite charities supporting children’s causes, cancer care, and homelessness.
Activities for the June campaign this year focus on a bank-wide 5k challenge where staff are encouraged to run, walk or cycle 5k to raise money for their chosen cause. Other fundraising activities include marathons, cycle races, sponsored walks, cake sales, table quizzes and even a tandem sky dive.
Over the last two years the bank raised more than £700,000 for some of Ireland’s most deserving causes.
BBC Apprentice star congratulates young entrepreneurs
Young entrepreneurs from schools across Northern Ireland have been getting into business through Young Enterprise’s QuickStart Programme, which Ulster Bank has supported since 2009. The programme enables students aged 12-16 to develop a marketable product and business plan under the guidance of a Young Enterprise volunteer business adviser and Ulster Bank mentor over the course of 8-10 weeks. The young entrepreneurs then produce and have the opportunity to sell their products at specially organised Young Enterprise Trade Fairs across Northern Ireland.
Having completed the programme, this year the finalist schools were invited to take part in a two minute pitch competition where they shared their experiences and talked about their product. Young Enterprise, Ulster Bank, and BBC Apprentice star ‘Jedi’ Jim Eastwood congratulated the winning team from Lurgan Junior High School who started a business called ‘Stop Shop’ making giftware from recycled wood.
With support from Ulster Bank, the Young Enterprise QuickStart programme has enabled more than 4,000 young people throughout Northern Ireland to get hands-on experience of the real world of business and mentoring support from a team of committed Ulster Bank volunteers.