At the Charity Awards in June 2009, The Bankers Benevolent Fund (BBF), now the Bank Workers Charity, were highly commended for their ongoing partnership with the NAS.
The BBF and the NAS set up the Investing in Brighter Futures programme in November 2007, as a joint initiative designed to support families in the banking community affected by autism. By May 2010, the programme had benefited nealry 300 families. In 2009, the programme also extended its reach to include adults with autism working in the banking industry.
The Charity Awards recognise and celebrate talent and excellence within the charity sector. The BBF and the partnership programme with the NAS were shortlisted in the grantmaking category, the first time a benevolence charity has been recognised in this way. The programme was highly commended by the judges.
This has been an exciting project for us and it is great that the judges appreciated the level of innovation and creative thinking, as well as hard work and commitment, which went into getting this off the ground. Above all, it has been so rewarding to hear from people who have benefitted from the programme and to see how it has made a real difference to people's lives.
Alisa Hamzic, Head of Marketing and Development at The Bankers Benevolent Fund
Whilst most people have heard of autism, relatively few understand the real impact it has on families. Having been a member of the NAS since Nick's diagnosis some 14 years ago, the support they have provided over the years has been invaluable.
The partnership with the BBF has been a great way of helping more families, and has helped to highlight this devastating and somewhat misunderstood disability to large corporates, which can only be a good thing.
Marie Street, Royal Bank of Scotland employee and parent who has benefited from the scheme