A large team of staff from the Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) team in the South East swapped their laptops for sandpaper to volunteer at Hollyrood in Lindfield, a residential service for adults with autism, provided by Autism Spectrum Partners.

On a beautifully sunny, although icy cold February day this week, nine volunteers from the YBS team gave the day up to sand and pain the entrance gates to the service, the picnic tables and outdoor benches at Hollyrood, a service which provides support and accommodation for 24 adults who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Virginia Fenton, Service Manager at Hollyrood, said:

We were delighted to have such a willing and helpful team of volunteers supporting us. We are grateful for all their hard work; their time and efforts will make a big difference to the men and women who live here.

YBS is committed to the communities it serves and offers every member of staff up to 31 hours’ paid leave to volunteer at a charity or good cause of their choice.

Ellie Milward, Development Manager at YBS, said: “We know the value that volunteering has and how much of an impact it can have. I’m so proud we were able to help out at Hollyrood. We really enjoyed the day and it was very rewarding to see what a difference we had made by the end of it.”

Hollyrood is a residential and day centre providing services for people with autism, and is run through The Disabilities Trust's Autism services. Hollyrood provides support and accommodation for 25 adults, aged over 18, who have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum, or have autistic tendencies. We also support individuals with behaviours that might challenge alternative services and those with epilepsy.

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