Enabling communities to thrive.
Our communities are those in which we live and work, and also include other groups both local and global, such as our partners, shareholders, regulators and government. We support the wider community through our charity and community initiatives, our contribution to arts and culture and by playing an active role in society.
- UK Flagship Charity
Our flagship charity partner for 2017 and 2018 is Alzheimer’s society, the UK’s leading dementia charity which provides over 3,000 local support services for people affected by the condition.
We will be supporting Alzheimer’s Society’s Side by Side initiative, which offers free, one-to-one support for people with dementia, helping them to continue doing the things they love.
- Merchants Academy
Bank of Ireland UK has worked with Bristol secondary school, Merchants’ Academy, since 2008, providing its students with vital experience from the world of work.
Since 2015, over 300 children visited our Temple Quay offices and several colleagues have supported Merchants’ Academy’s `Future You’ afternoon. Students have also undertaken valuable work experience.
- Open Farm Weekend
Bank of Ireland UK has supported Open Farm Weekend, an annual showcase event for the Northern Ireland farming industry, farmers and the food industry since 2012. In June 2018, 14 farms took part in Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend, promoting the local agri-food sector to a non-farming audience.
There are cookery demonstrations and/or tastings on each farm and a range of kids activities designed to help them understand more about the farming industry and the story behind our food. It also provides farmers with the skills and resources to engage with our local communities to showcase the excellent work they do and the diversity of the farming sector in Northern Ireland.
- Sponsor for a Day 2018
We recently gave Alzheimer’s Society the opportunity to appear on our Ulster Rugby jersey for a day.
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This initiative saw Alzheimer’s Society availing of the Bank’s sponsorship elements for a day at Ulster Rugby’s home ground, including their logo on the back of the Ulster Rugby jerseys, taking over the pitch side boards and other opportunities.
This gave the charity a fantastic profile in Northern Ireland’s premier rugby stadium, with a capacity of 18,000 people as well as via the televised match.
View the highlights from the night:
- Dementia Friends
Bank of Ireland UK has developed the Dementia Friends Information Session in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society. This unique online training session takes just 20 minutes to complete and enables our colleagues to become a Dementia Friend. Lorraine Megahey, who works in our Credit Department in Belfast, was just one of our colleagues who signed up and completed the training. “My mother-in law was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016” she says, “and whilst the early warning signs had been there for a while, it was very difficult for her and the family to accept the diagnosis.”
Lorraine found that the training “provided a great insight into the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the daily obstacles sufferers face, and some very valuable guidance for family members.”
Since completing the training, Lorraine has been able to share tips with other family members to make them more aware of the symptoms.