The Access Bank UK Limited is proud to have supported the Lord Mayor’s Appeal through the City Giving Day 2022 initiative which forms part of The Access Bank UK’s corporate social responsibility activities, an area of key importance for the Bank.
Julie Soyinka-Sonuga, Deputy Head of Commercial Banking at The Access Bank UK Ltd attended the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Impact Reception ‘A Better City for All’ on the 22nd November, at The Mansion House in London. It was a successful evening with some inspirational stories highlighting the impact the Appeal has had through its initiatives and partner charities.
City Giving Day is a unique event which unites businesses in the City and beyond by celebrating the positive impact they have for their charity partners and their local communities, through fundraising and volunteering. Since its launch in 2015, City Giving Day has grown year on year with 526 companies involved in 2022.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s strategic aim is to create A Better City for All that is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair. During 2022, in addition to funds raised for its partner charities, the Appeal’s leadership initiatives Power of Inclusion, This is Me, We Can Be and City Giving Day have continued to offer excellent learning, development and engagement opportunities for employees across the Square Mile.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has aligned its programme strategy with the The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide a framework for both business and the City of London to work in partnership to further develop the sustainable businesses agenda, thereby creating a Better and more sustainable City for All.
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal also continues its partnership with four charities, each a leading expert in addressing social issues and pioneering programmes for change. The Appeal has helped Place2Be train Mental Health Champions for over 180 schools in London and is currently funding Place2Think sessions giving staff a place to reflect with a Place2Be practitioner.
OnSide Youth Zones have opened three new Youth Zones – Future in Barking & Dagenham, Unitas in Barnet and Legacy in Croydon and it continues to support their work in each of these Youth Zones supporting the young people of London.
Through the partnership with Samaritans under the healthy pillar, the Appeal has reached over 25,000 people with the Wellbeing in the Workplace tool, an online training in which businesses upskill their employees in having conversations about mental health as well as supporting their London City Hub.
With The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s support, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will aim to reach 10,000 more young people who are from disadvantaged backgrounds with recent funding supporting these young people with their participation fee.