The result is CommunityForce – a platform that empowers local projects and charities to raise awareness of their work and make their plans a reality with the support of NatWest and their local community.
Why Get Involved?
By applying to CommunityForce, hundreds of local charities and projects stand to win an award of £6,000 each, with the winners decided by public vote in the autumn.
However, CommunityForce is about more than making a financial contribution. As well as providing a platform for projects to raise awareness of their work, NatWest will also be providing our time and expertise and encouraging local people to volunteer their own time and talents to support the causes closest to their heart.
How Did It Work In 2010?
When NatWest asked you to tell them about the charities and community projects that were making a big difference in your local area last year, they had a huge response.
With the help of a panel that included customers and members of the local community, their Senior Bank Managers then shortlisted those good causes to give them three great finalists in each area.
Customers, staff and the general public voted for the charity or cause they wanted us to support most, with the favourite receiving £3,000 and the two runners-up receiving £1,000 each.
What’s Happening In 2011?
Through CommunityForce, NatWest hopes to do even more to help local charities and projects this year. The CommunityForce website will become a hub for projects to talk about the work they do and let local people find out how they can get involved. Later in the year, NatWest will reveal this year’s award winners and how their award will help them continue to support their local community.
There are three main ways to get involved:
Apply: If you are a charity or project you can apply now to be in with a chance of winning an award.
Vote: In September everyone will be able to vote for their favourite projects. The three projects with the most votes in each CommunityForce area will win the awards.
Volunteer: When voting begins in the autumn, you’ll also be able to join NatWest staff in lending a hand to local projects looking for help.