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Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group Visits the Foundation

On Thursday we welcomed Chair of Lloyds Banking Group, Lord Blackwell, to visit one of our funded charities, Angel Eyes NI.

Whilst there he met with CEO Sara McCracken and her team, parents and the children this charity works hard to support. It was a great chance to showcase their new VR app funded through our Pitching4Pounds programme, which helps parents and professionals see the world through the eyes of a partially sighted child.

A big thank you to the whole Angel Eyes NI team for hosting such a lovely afternoon.  We hope Lord Blackwell enjoyed the visit as much as we did.

Certificate Presentation at the Gasworks

3 of our successful grantees were presented with certificates at the Halifax Gasworks Site today, having secured £14,000 collectively.

L'Arche Belfast were awarded £4000 towards the Root Soup's van's running costs. L'Arche helps to empower adults with learning disabilities and other marginalised groups to live full and meaningful lives, offering opportunities for friendship, participation and belonging through their daytime projects. Activities include their social enterprise Root Soup, a unique and enterprising project, delivering cookery skills training to marginalised groups across Belfast.

Homeplus NI received £5,000 towards sessional workers. Homeplus NI provides a nightly outreach service, an on-call service for rough sleepers in Belfast and run a daily drop-in centre for homeless migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. The Street Outreach provides food, clothing, sleeping bags, first aid, advice, transport and access to temporary accommodation.

Belfast Street Pastors secured £5,000 towards costs for the Development Officer and admin support. This organisation care, listen and help, identifying vulnerable people, assisting and safeguarding, calming anti-social behaviour in the city centre and residential areas every Friday and Saturday night. They help people who find themselves in distress due to a variety of circumstances, address anti-social behaviour, lift and dispose of bottles and hand out flip-flops to avoid need of medical assistance re broken glass on the ground.

Today, the three groups met with representatives from the Halifax Gasworks site, including Jim McCooe, Head of Connect, NI Ambassador and Trustee of Halifax Foundation for NI,  and other Lloyds Banking Group colleagues. We hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to share their experiences and showcase the great work they do.

For more information on how to apply for a grant, please click here. 


2019 Matched Giving Date Programme Open Date Announced

The Foundation is delighted to announce that the 2019 Matched Giving Programme will reopen on Monday 14th January 2019.

In 2018 there were 271 matched giving applications approved which resulted in £93,053 raised to support registered charities in Northern Ireland.  Why not raise some extra funds for a charity you support this year? The programme is open to any Lloyds Banking group colleagues in Northern Ireland.


Please click here for more information. 


Final Successful Grants for 2018 announced!

The Trustees met in December 2018 to award the last Community Grants of 2018.

To see a list of the awarded grants please click here.

The Community Grant Programme is now open for new applications in 2019. Please go to the Programmes Section of the website to find out how to apply.


Annual Charity Celebration Event


The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland gave £1.087million in grants to 326 charities in its latest funding period, directly helping improve the lives of 391,000 people.

The figures were revealed as the Foundation held its annual event at Stormont to celebrate the work of hundreds of charities that respond to the needs of disadvantaged and disabled people.

The 600 separate grants were awarded to a  variety of projects that included food banks, autism support, services for children and young people, help for the elderly and for people with learning disabilities.

Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland said the aim was to get much needed cash to charities working directly to help the most impoverished of communities.

She added: “The Voluntary and Community sector continues to experience great challenges in the face of budget cuts and ongoing economic austerity, that’s why we are really proud that the funding we provide to these organisations  allows them to offer a lifeline to communities that are in dire need.”

The Foundation also announced that a pilot project to provide expert mentoring support to charities will become a permanent part of its activities, with 20 organisations being helped this year.

The Charity Mentoring Programme matches skilled bank staff with senior charity personnel to provide advice in areas such as leadership, governance, HR and financial management.

Jim McCooe, a Foundation Trustee and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Northern Ireland, said the pilot had been  an overwhelming success and they were delighted to be  extending the programme .

He added: “Using the skills of our employees is one of the ways we can help charities with their essential work.. The feedback from our colleague mentors was that they had felt incredible pride in being able to support charities who are working to improve the lives of people in need, while the mentees said that had helped them gain the skills required to meet the challenges of working in this most difficult of sectors.


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