STAFF at Yorkshire Building Society in York are celebrating after helping to raise more than half a million pounds for its charity partnership with End Youth Homelessness (EYH).

EYH is a national movement to end homelessness among 16 to 25-year-olds in the UK and has been working with Yorkshire Building Society to help homeless young people across the UK live independently.

The Society’s branch in York, on Feasegate, has raised £1,159 since the partnership launched in 2017.

The £500,000 raised by the Society funds the Rent Deposit Scheme. This joint project with EYH helps private landlords to fill vacant properties quickly and free of charge. To date the scheme has assisted 180 young people into their own rented homes.

To support them in their new home, young people will also benefit from dedicated support and financial advice in building the life skills and confidence they need to move on to lead successful and independent lives.