DofE Gold Associate Status Awarded to Swansea Building Society for Youth Empowerment Commitment

Ian Gwilym, DofE Wales Senior Relationship Manager (left), presents Gold Associate certificate to Alun Williams, CEO of Swansea Building Society (right).

Ian Gwilym, DofE Wales Senior Relationship Manager (left), presents Gold Associate certificate to Alun Williams, CEO of Swansea Building Society (right).

In recognition of its unwavering dedication to youth empowerment, Swansea Building Society has earned the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) Gold Associate status. This acknowledgment comes in the wake of the Society’s pivotal sponsorship of £20,000 for the DofE Gower Hike in September last year, with ongoing support in 2024 through a generous donation of £10,000.

The DofE Gold Associate status highlights Swansea Building Society’s commitment to creating opportunities for young people and aligning with the DofE’s mission to ensure universal access to the program. The Society’s sponsorship plays a direct role in advancing the ‘Youth Without Limits’ initiative, a strategic endeavour by the DofE aimed at eliminating barriers to participation and promoting diversity among its participants.

The £10,000 donation from Swansea Building Society for 2024 will be instrumental in addressing the needs of marginalised young individuals within Swansea. The funds will be allocated towards various initiatives, including participant bursaries, DofE participation places, and core frontline costs, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder youth from participating in the programme.

The allocated funds will directly benefit young individuals within Swansea, particularly those facing socio-economic challenges, additional needs, or at-risk circumstances. Through strategic partnerships and a robust funding process, Swansea Building Society and DofE aim to swiftly distribute the funds to support those most in need.

Alun Williams, Chief Executive of Swansea Building Society, said:

“We are honoured to be recognised as a DofE Gold Associate, reaffirming our commitment to the youth of Swansea and beyond. Supporting initiatives like the DofE Gower Hike and contributing £10,000 for 2024 underscores our belief in the transformative power of empowering young people to reach their full potential.

“We recognise the importance of ensuring that all young people, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to engage in enriching experiences like the DofE programme, and by earmarking our donation to support those facing barriers to participation, we hope to contribute to building a more inclusive and resilient community.”

Ian Gwilym, DofE Wales Senior Relationship Manager, added:

“We are incredibly grateful for Swansea Building Society’s unwavering support and commitment to empowering young people through the DofE program. Their generous donation and dedication to addressing barriers to participation align perfectly with our mission to ensure that all young individuals, regardless of background, have the opportunity to discover their potential and develop valuable life skills. With Swansea Building Society’s partnership, we are confident in our ability to reach and support even more marginalised youth in Swansea, enabling them to overcome obstacles and thrive in both the programme and their future endeavours.”