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Teachers Building Society wins East Dorset Community Award

Jan 28, 2016

Teachers Building Society has won the East Dorset Business Supporting Community Award for its work supporting local students.

The Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Steven Lugg, launched this year's Community Awards to recognise an unsung hero or a business working in the community and Teachers Building Society won the community award for its participation as premier partner in the ‘My’ Life schools programme.

The ‘My’ Life schools programme supports schools in providing quality workshops and materials that enable young students to explore their skills, motivation and dreams for the future, preparing them for the workplace. The workshops took place in 10 Dorset-based schools in 2015 ​and will continue to roll out to more schools and students in 2016. The programmes were designed and run by Destination Education, with staff from Teachers Building Society taking part as mentors.

James Bawa, chief executive for Teachers Building Society said, “We are delighted to have won this award. The ‘My’ life schools programme is extremely close to my heart. I am a former student of a local secondary school myself and know only too well that the choices young people make in their teenage and early adult years will affect the rest of their lives.”

Elaine Plested, Commercial Director for Destination Education says "We can’t fault the support and commitment given to this project by Teachers Building Society, it has been outstanding. The feedback has shown that their partnership work with us has undoubtedly made a big difference to nearly 300 students that participated in the programmes. With their continued support this year we can continue to have an impact on the future of these young local students.”

Cllr Lugg said: “I was very keen to have a civic event which celebrated the people in our community who do so much for other residents of East Dorset. The winners of the awards are justifiably being honoured for the work they do in their community and I am delighted to be celebrating their success here.”

 To read more about the ‘My’ Life programme click here.