A Lloyds bank manager has left his day job for a year to work full-time in the community in Sheffield.
Richard Stuart is working in the north of the city as a ‘business connector’ for Prince Charles’ charity Business in the Community.
The scheme takes ‘talented individuals’ from the business world and places them in communities of greatest need – allowing them to use their time, networks and expertise to connect the needs of their local community with local business resources.
Lloyds is continuing to pay his wages.
Richard said: “I’m delighted to be the business connector for North Sheffield and am grateful to have the opportunity from Lloyds Banking Group to undertake this role especially in the area I have grown up and live.
“I’ve already seen the ways in which I believe I can play a vital role in supporting and working with the voluntary sector and I’m very much looking forward to making a real difference to the local communities and people that live here, whilst helping to tackle some of the social and economic issues in this region.”
Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, said: “Business Connectors is based on the proven impact of taking business resource, skills and time into the heart of communities where vital community services are under pressure to do more with less.
“Four years into the programme, it is clear they are having a powerful impact, but there is still so much more to be done.
“We hope others are inspired by the leadership shown by Lloyds.”