Community

HSBC supports a variety of programmes in Greece based on the themes of education, community and the environment. In 2016, HSBC contributed to the following organisations and causes in Greece:

Education

British Council – “Life Skills Developing active citizens and social innovators” programme

HSBC Group donated about EUR58,000 to the “Life Skills - Developing active citizens & social innovators” programme of the British Council in 2016. The programme aims to enable students to manage the challenges of their daily life and young adults to build core social entrepreneur skills. The training material is approved by the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. This is the fourth consecutive year that HSBC has supported the programme.

SEN/JA Greece

SEN/JA Greece is a not-for-profit educational organisation founded in 2005. It represents Junior Achievement Worldwide in Greece. Junior Achievement Worldwide is the largest non-governmental organisation dedicated to addressing the fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by empowering and equipping them to own their economic future.

HSBC supported two projects of SEN/JA Greece in 2016:

  • JA More than Money programme
  • Since 2011, HSBC Greece has been supporting the “Junior Achievement More than Money" educational programme that helps 5th and 6th-grade students to understand entrepreneurship and money management through hands-on activities. HSBC’s JA More than Money global financial programme teaches students across the world about earning, spending, sharing and saving money, and about potential career options.

    In Greece, the initiative is organised by SEN/JA Greece in collaboration with HSBC and is approved by the Ministry of Education, Research and Foreign Affairs. In 2016, 15 HSBC staff members volunteered to spend six hours each with children and the programme reached about 1,025 students in Athens, Salonika and Patra.

  • Banks in Action programme
  • The “Banks in Action” programme, which aims to equip senior high-school students with basic financial knowledge, is organised by SEN/JA Greece in cooperation with the Hellenic Bank Association.

    Students are taught money management skills and are provided with information on their potential future career options. HSBC staff volunteered to spend eight hours with senior high school students as instructors of the Banks in Action curriculum.

Alli Opsi

"Alli Opsi" is a non-profit organization, established in 2007, that aims to train people with physical disabilities.

HSBC supported the eighth training programme of Alli Opsi for people with paraplegia and quadriplegia. The training took place between 5-14 September 2016 at the Sports and Leisure Center of Loutraki.

In total 23 wheelchair users had the chance to attend the programme, which was conducted by qualified trainers. The programme sought to teach everyday life skills to individuals who have been disabled as a result of spinal cord injury.

The bank covered the cost of the programme, including accommodation and transportation of the participants. 17 HSBC volunteers contributed to the preparation and the execution of the training. HSBC has been supporting projects of "Alli Opsi" since 2012.

Lighthouse of the Blind

Founded in 1946, the Lighthouse of the Blind aims to support blind people and runs special labs offering vocational rehabilitation. HSBC covered the expenses of the Workshop for Ceramics and Sculpture for the year 2016-2017.

Christodoulio Orphanage

Christodoulio is an orphanage that provides a home for girls aged 4 to 23 years old. The children attend local public schools and some of the older ones go on to university. Christodoulio has hosted 3,000 girls since it was founded. HSBC covered the cost of English language lessons for the academic year 2016-2017.

Margarita Vocational Center

Margarita is a specialist vocational education and employment centre that designs and offers education, professional training and programmes to develop autonomous living for people with learning disabilities. HSBC will cover the annual cost of the materials that will be used for the Professional Workshop of Margarita for the academic year 2016-2017.

Community

SOS Children’s Villages

SOS Children's Villages aims to provide abandoned, orphaned and destitute children with a permanent home. The children receive a suitable education and sound preparation for independence in adult life.

As part of its 2016 HSBC Youth Opportunities Programme, HSBC Group donated more than EUR43,000 to the SOS Social Center Athens and about EUR21,000 to the SOS Immigrant Children’s relief Programme in Salonika.

The bank made a donation to the charity to mark two Christmas events for retail banking customers in Athens and Salonika.

HSBC staff also gathered non-perishable foods and basic necessities during the festive period of 2016 for the SOS Villages.

The Smile of the Child

Τhe Smile of the Child is a voluntary non-profit organisation running various projects to support children, including the National SOS Helpline for Children 1056, the Community Homes for Children, and the Medical Support Centre.

HSBC made a donation to help with the organisation's running costs. HSBC customers can also donate to the Smile of the Child through collection boxes in our branches.

Moreover, HSBC covered the cost of uniforms of the crews of the “Mobile Intensive Care Units for newborn babies and children” of the Smile of the Child.

Friends of the Child charity organisation

“Friends of the Child” is a charity that strives to help children from impoverished and, in most cases, single-parent families. In 2007 the organisation opened a day care centre to create a peaceful environment offering an educational and recreational programme. In December 2016, HSBC Greece organised the “HSBC Youth Opportunities Programme Toy Drive”, an annual HSBC Group initiative that started in 2007. HSBC’s staff members offer new or old toys that are in good condition for the benefit of children in need. This year, the toys gathered through this activity were offered to the 30 children of the “Friends of the Child” Day Care Center.

MDA Hellas

MDA Hellas is an association supporting people who suffer from muscular dystrophy. HSBC’s Sports and Social Club covered the entrance fee of the Athens Marathon for the 29 employees who took part on behalf of the MDA Hellas.

Environment

ARCTUROS

HSBC provided financial support to the work of ARCTUROS, a non-profit organisation founded in 1992 to protect the brown bear. Today, ARCTUROS’s work focuses on protecting and managing the natural environment in Nympheo and the area’s wildlife with a primary focus on bears, wolves and the Greek Shepherd - an ancient Greek dog breed. ARCTUROS organises awareness campaigns, studies bears and large mammals and is leading Balkan initiatives to monitor and protect the region's bear population.

Philodassiki Enossi Athinon

HSBC Greece has made a donation to Philodassiki Enossi Athinon to fund a reforestation project in Attica. HSBC volunteers will participate in the tree-planting activity in 2017.