December 21, 2015

Elizabeth Potier: On supporting our communities all year round

Elizabeth Potier

Elizabeth Potier, Chief Administration Officer – Manchester, BNY Mellon


The holidays can be a particularly isolating time for those in need. Many of us do what we can to support our communities during the festive season, but as I read in an article recently, community giving is not just for the holidays, it is for life.

Here at BNY Mellon’s Manchester office in the UK, over the last decade we have seen year-on-year growth in the number of volunteering hours donated by our employees.

This comes as no surprise to me given the passion and enthusiasm I see by our people all year round. So many people get involved and offer support through both financial and physical assistance.

My personal experience of volunteering this year highlighted that there is just as much to gain as there is to give back. I recently facilitated a workshop that involved mentoring and coaching young women from under privileged backgrounds connected to local gang culture or in danger of turning to crime.

The session aimed to help them to identify and celebrate their existing skills and strengths, and demonstrate how these attributes can be used to pursue other options and avoid potentially destructive paths.

It was not simply about giving back to the community, there really was something myself and the other volunteers all gained from the session. It was a chance to appreciate the opportunities we had in life, the influences around us that helped us see and believe in those opportunities and be thankful that we had made the right decisions along the way.

This year’s BNY Mellon Manchester office holiday opportunities include two charity appeals. The first is Wood Street Mission assisting with sorting through the mountains of toys, food and clothes donations they have received for their gift hampers.

The second is Mustard Tree assisting with daily tasks such as sorting through donations, merchandising, working on the till and dealing with customers.

I would like to thank everyone from our Manchester office in helping so many worthy causes in 2015 and allowing us to achieve our most successful year ever. 

Here are a couple of highlights:

£1 Million School Uniform Drive Launches in Manchester

BNY Mellon volunteers help preserve LGBT history