Building society voting scheme benefits Leicester charities

esbs, or Earl Shilton Building Society, has revealed the results of its online In the Community scheme for the third quarter of 2021. The scheme enables customers to decide how £500 will be split between two local causes by casting votes each quarter.

The votes for the third quarter of 2021 were divided equally so the building society will be donating £250 each to The Laura Centre and Leicester Animal Rescue.

Steps and Women’s Aid Leicester have been chosen for the final quarter of 2021, and voting is now live on the esbs website.

Started in 1994 by four Leicestershire families, Steps provides specialist nursery services. Following the principles of Conductive Education, they cater to young children with Cerebral Palsy, chromosome disorders including Down Syndrome, or other conditions which affect the acquisition of motor skills. It costs Steps £220,000 a year to operate and support hundreds of families; they rely solely on fundraising and grants to generate this income.

Women’s Aid Leicestershire Limited was established in 1974 when they opened the first refuge in Leicester to support women and children fleeing domestic abuse. Their mission is to improve the lives of victims through a combination of raising awareness of domestic and sexual abuse, and protecting women and children with services that support and empower. The range of specialist support services Women’s Aid offers include temporary refuge accommodation, independent domestic violence advisors (IDVA), and a Housing Link Worker. Last year Women’s Aid supported over 2,500 people and every donation makes a real difference to continuing that support.

To find out more about Steps, visit, while more on Women’s Aid Leicestershire is available at

esbs is welcoming suggestions for local charities to support in 2022. To nominate a Leicestershire based charity, email your suggestion to with the subject line “In the Community 2022”.

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive of esbs, said: “It’s hard to believe another year of In the Community is coming to an end, but we’re incredibly grateful to our local community for their engagement with the scheme and I look forward to being made aware of more valuable causes we can support at esbs.”

Place your vote at