Approved – 17 December 2009

Special Days Out For Local Youngsters As Newcastle Building Society Swaps Christmas Cards For Cinema Seats

Young people from two local community groups have been enjoying an early Christmas present from the largest building society based in the North East.

Newcastle Building Society decided to use the money it would usually spend on printing and posting company Christmas cards to fund special cinema visits for members of the Streetwise Young People’s Project and the Gateshead Crossroads Caring For Young Carers group.

Around 30 young people from each group attended their own special screenings at the Tyneside Cinema, which the Newcastle formed a community partnership with earlier this year, and each will also have refreshments provided as part of their day.

Each group was asked to vote for the Christmas-related film they would like to see, with the Gateshead Young Carers choosing The Santa Clause and the Streetwise group opting for Elf.

Based in central Newcastle, Streetwise provides advice and counselling to young people aged between 13 and 25 from right across the north east on a wide range of health and lifestyle issues.

It was one of the first organisations in England to be awarded the Department of Health’s ‘You’re Welcome’ quality standard for young people’s health services, and was recently named as the overall winner of the national GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT awards in recognition of the quality of its health campaigns.

The Gateshead Crossroads Caring For Young Carers group provides support for young people under 18 who are caring for a parent, grandparent, sibling or other relative who had a physical or mental illness, a disability or problems with substance abuse.

It offers a range of services, from weekend activities, group outings and one-to-one support to a home tutor service and assistance with transport, and works in partnership with MacMillan Cancer Support to support young people caring for someone with cancer.

Gillian Tiplady, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Newcastle Building Society, said: “Diverting the money we would have spent on Society Christmas cards in this way not only means we can put on this special cinema show, it also helps us meet our ongoing objective of reducing the Society’s carbon footprint wherever possible.

“We’re very pleased to be able to support the work of two such excellent organisations that contribute so much to the lives of the young people they support, and hope everyone enjoyed a great pre-Christmas day out.”

For further information please contact:

Richard Hall
Corporate Communications Coordinator

Julian Christopher

Newcastle Building Society

Footprint Public Relations

0191 244 1522

07891 005034

Notes to Editors:

About Newcastle Building Society

Newcastle Building Society is the biggest building society based in the North East and one of the strongest mutual building societies in the country.  With assets under management of over £4.5bn we are certainly large enough to cope but small enough to care deeply about the needs of our members.  We are committed to providing a range of innovative and attractive products.

The Newcastle Building Society is committed to remaining mutual and by doing so we feel we are better placed to continue to provide our investors with the quality of service expected from one of the country’s strongest building societies.