Lloyds Bank Award for Local Charity

The charity’s partnership with local law firm, Addleshaw Goddard was recognised for the on-going work in supporting local primary school children improve their reading and communication skills.

Leeds based organisation, Learning Partnerships has been selected from charities across Yorkshire & Humberside as the regional winner of the Enterprising Collaboration Award.

They received a prize of £1000 and will now compete against charities from across England and Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for six overall prizes which will be announced at the UK Final awards ceremony on 8th October 2015.

The Charity Achievement Awards have been created to recognise the amazing, life-changing work of small and medium sized charities. Learning Partnerships won their award for the on-going partnership work with law firm, Addleshaw Goddard.

Since the company’s initial involvement with the charity’s Let’s Read School Volunteer Programme, over 125 employees have given their time to support children struggling with their reading. Volunteers give an hour a week to visit local schools and work on an individual basis with the children to help them to become confident and able readers and support their development of their literacy skills. Their weekly support has a positive impact on the children’s learning and achievement across the whole curriculum through the development of their communication skills, an increase in self-esteem and confidence, raised aspirations, positive role models and an insight into the world of work.

Lisa Metcalf, Senior Executive at Learning Partnerships said of the award: “It is great to be selected for the award which recognises our on-going partnership work with Addleshaw Goddard. Support from local businesses is vitally important to us to ensure that we can continue to help Leeds children who are struggling with their reading and improve their life chances and choices. We would like to thank both Addleshaw Goddard for their continued commitment to the work we do and Lloyds Bank Foundation for selecting us for the award.”

Chief Executive of the Foundation, Paul Streets OBE, said of the awards: ‘We are delighted to celebrate the winners of our Charity Achievement Awards. Learning Partnerships has demonstrated excellent and inspiring practice, and have set the standard high; not just surviving in these tough times, but thriving, delivering vital services and literally transforming lives. For over 30 years the Foundation has supported thousands of such small and medium sized charities to tackle disadvantage in communities right across Yorkshire & Humberside and we look forward to doing much more in the years to come.’

For more information about Learning Partnerships visit our website www.learningpartnerships.org.uk