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Community Savings launch new brand and website with support from Santander

5th May 2021 - Jersey charity, Community Savings, has today launched their new brand and website that has been made possible through a generous three-year sponsorship agreement with Santander International…

Jersey charity, Community Savings, has today launched their new brand and website that has been made possible through a generous three-year sponsorship agreement with Santander International.

Funds from the sponsorship are being utilised to support marketing and website development to raise awareness of the charity and help broaden its reach across the Island.

Community Savings provides access to basic financial services for Islanders who would otherwise be excluded from having a bank account. It also offers debt advice, financial mentoring and emergency funding by way of low-cost loans and grants.

The charity also works with schools and colleges to deliver a financial education programme to local students aged 11 to 18.

Brian Curtis, Executive Chairman of Community Savings, says: “We are delighted with our new brand and website. The choice of our red squirrel logo embodies our strong link to Jersey and is a symbol for planning and saving for the future. The squirrel also reflects the friendly and trustworthy support that we provide to anyone who has found themselves, usually through no fault of their own, in need of help. We will be embarking on a strong campaign to raise awareness of Community Savings across Jersey to ensure that people who are having financial difficulties know where to turn. We are grateful for the support that Santander International is giving us and look forward to continuing to work with them.” James Pountney, Chief Executive Officer from Santander International added: “Community Savings brings financial inclusion for many Islanders who aren’t able to access products and services from regular high-street banks. It has been our pleasure to be able to support this important charity and the rollout of the new brand and website will help to raise awareness and ensure that vulnerable Islanders know that support and assistance are available.

Channel Islands’ first Santander Work Café opens in Jersey

25th January 2021 - The first Santander Work Café in the Channel Islands has opened in St Helier this week…

This unique space at 13-15 Charing Cross is designed to offer a new high street banking experience, bringing together finance and the community in a town centre location that is open to everyone. Over a year of renovations take the building up to the highest standards, with spacious, well ventilated rooms, accessible bathrooms, and easy-to-clean surfaces.

The barista area, which is run by Cargo, features freshly prepared food and sustainably sourced coffee, which are currently available for takeaway. When paying with a Santander International debit card there will be a 30% discount on hot drinks and 15% on freshly prepared food.

Customers will be able to attend face-to-face appointments with banking or mortgage Relationship Managers, however, the five free bookable meeting rooms and co-working stations will not be available for use until physical distancing measures permit.

James Pountney, CEO, Santander International, said: “The Santander Work Café will initially be open to anyone who would like to talk to our team about their banking or mortgage needs. Once COVID-19 restrictions lift, the Santander Work Café will offer a unique banking, meeting, and co-working environment for all Islanders in the heart of St Helier.”

Santander has over 80 Work Cafés in nine countries around the world. As well as the meeting rooms, co-working space, and café experience, customers will be able to meet relationship managers in the building, open and manage accounts and mortgages, and withdraw money by using an ATM.

John Burns, Santander Work Café Director, said: “The team has been working hard over the past few months preparing for our first customers and we are all looking forward to developing the services and, eventually, the events, that will make the Santander Work Café a vibrant and inviting place for the community.”

Under COVID-19-regulations, customers are requested to follow physical distancing within the Santander Work Café, to wear a mask, sanitise hands and use the contact tracing app.

Simon Crowcroft, Connétable of St Helier, said: “The Santander Work Café is a welcome addition to St Helier and another positive development in the regeneration of Charing Cross. Multi-purpose sites such as this show how organisations can work to serve the community and highlight how we can continue to help our town centre adapt to the changing needs of Islanders.”

Community Savings enter into three-year sponsorship agreement with Santander International

18th November 2020 - Jersey charity, Community Savings, is pleased to announce a three-year sponsorship agreement with Santander International…

Jersey charity, Community Savings, is pleased to announce a three-year sponsorship agreement with Santander International. Funds from the sponsorship will be utilised to support marketing and website development to raise awareness of the charity and help broaden its reach across the Island. This welcome contribution will substantially support the work that the charity does to help those members of the local community who are financially or socially disadvantaged.

Community Savings provides access to basic financial services for Islanders who would otherwise be excluded from having a bank account. It also offers debt advice and financial mentoring as well as emergency funding by way of low-cost loans and grants.

The charity also works with schools and colleges to deliver a financial education programme to local students aged 11 to 18.

Brian Curtis, Executive Chairman of Community Savings, says: “We are very pleased to be working with Santander International. The work we do is vital in helping those who are struggling to get their finances and, subsequently, their lives back on track. It benefits not only the individual and their families, but also society in general. As a Jersey registered charity, we are hugely reliant on grants and donations and the support that Santander is providing is invaluable, especially during these difficult times.”

James Pountney, Chief Executive Officer from Santander International added: “Community Savings brings financial inclusion for many Islanders who aren’t able to access products and services from regular high-street banks. We’re looking forward to working with Community Savings, helping them to raise their profile, so more people in our community can access and benefit from their services.”