On 25th of November Lloyds Banking Group held a quiz night at The Basement Recovery Project to raise funds for the project. This followed on from a lunch they had hosted at their head office a couple of weeks earlier. The aim of the lunch was to raise awareness of what we do at TBRP and to help break down stigma surrounding addiction. Myself, Michael and Imelda attended so that we could share our experiences with staff. They had prepared a fantastic buffet lunch, I found myself indulging a little more than I should have, and invited members of staff to pop in, have a nibble and find out what we do. It also gave people the chance to ask questions about addiction and recovery.
Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) have pledged 1 million hours of our time to be spent helping projects in our local community. These hours are funded entirely by the group with extra support being given to buy tools and materials. The project undertaken at The Corner in Huddersfield, run by TBRP, comprised of improving the environment from something to ‘put up with’ to something to be proud of and enjoy (and Larry wanted an office bigger than him, which seemed reasonable). We painted the walls downstairs, cleaned the communal kitchen upstairs in order to secure a reduced rental rate for the Project, and built a new self-contained office space upstairs.
As an organisation we are really keen to support local communities and charities. To support this vision Lloyds Banking Group allow colleagues one day a year where we can leave the confines of the office/branches and volunteer our services to help others… internally this is known as “Day 2 Make A Difference (D2MAD)”. Usually these days are carried out as teams as a great opportunity to do something together however we are able to donate the hours over a period of time – it is the colleague choice.