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The environment matters to us. And our graduates.

It’s great when a group of colleagues get together to volunteer, as 13 members of our graduate programme did in September 2016.

Our graduates teamed up with Adam from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to help with the reclamation of Moston Fairway, an area of marshland in Greater Manchester. The fairway is really important to local wildlife. It’s a breeding ground for insects, which in turn are the main food source for bats. With bat populations in sharp decline across the UK, Adam and his team are keen to maintain and protect this delicate eco-system.

For our graduates, the most rewarding part of the day was coming together as one team to give back to their local communities. For most of them, this was the first time participating in a community day, and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to step away from the office and do some good for the local community.

Cutting back overgrown plants and chopping down young tree saplings on the marsh helps to create the perfect environment for insects to breed. It’s hard work but our team of volunteers could see the huge difference they’d made in the area by the end of the day. They all enjoyed the opportunity to work together and give something back to their community by helping to protect the local environment.

Afterwards, Adam told our graduates, “Just want to say you guys were one of the nicest groups of volunteers I’ve ever worked with. It was a pleasure having you out on Moston Fairway and you’d be welcome back any time!”

Our Ethical Policy includes a commitment to ensure that values and ethics are embedded into our workplace culture. One of the ways our colleagues demonstrate this is by volunteering to make a difference in their local community.

Our employer supported volunteering programme gives every colleague up to two days paid time per year, pro-rata, to take part in volunteering.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust go to www.lancswt.org.uk.

For information on the Co-operative Bank Graduate Programme go to www.co-operativebankjobs.co.uk/careers/graduate-careers.

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