Alzheimer’s Society and Santander UK

Working together to make Santander the UK’s best dementia-friendly bank.

Alzheimer's Society - Fundraising with Santander

Alzheimer’s Society launched a unique and sector leading strategic partnership with Santander UK in January 2019.  We have been working in collaboration, developing solutions to some of the most challenging issues those affected by dementia experience. Alzheimer’s Society also acts as Santander’s ‘critical friend’ to help them better support vulnerable customers.

Additionally, to date, Santander’s incredible employees have fundraised almost £1 million, and have also been the most engaged partner ever with Memory Walk.

The positive impact resulting from our partnership demonstrates the value of collaborating strategically to find effective solutions to complex issues.

Alzheimer's Society - Fundraising with Santander

Together we are focussing on:

  • Communities – maximising the positive impact Santander has in the communities they operate in
  • Customers – helping Santander be the bank that best supports people affected by dementia
  • People – ensuring the wellbeing of Santander’s colleagues affected by dementia and expanding the understanding of dementia across all employees

An exciting future

Below are some examples of the exciting work we are doing together:

  • In 2019, we audited a cross-section of Santander’s branches and contact centres to help the bank better support customers affected by dementia. Now, Santander is implementing the recommendations, including training Dementia Ambassadors in each branch region and contact centres.
  • Santander have a target to make 50% of their workforce Dementia Friends by the end of 2020. They have created a bespoke e-learning module, and the target has been included in Santander’s People and Executives’ objectives. 
  • We created the Santander Dementia Steering Group – a panel made up of people with dementia and carers, who review Santander products and services, such as Third Party support, ATM journey, customer communication, new credit and debit card design and employee support.

The alliance between the Alzheimer's Society and Santander is powerful. It's the open-mindedness of these organisations and decision-makers that is creating something new and visible. To have a corporation wish to learn and model their policy on my expert knowledge is rare and visionary.

Vanessa, Steering Group member and carer

Alzheimer's Society and Santander - Dementia Friends Session

Santander support during the coronavirus crisis

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Santander has been working with Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK to support older people and those affected by dementia:

  • Santander and Santander Foundation Support

Santander have launched a campaign to support older people and those affected by dementia, working alongside Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK. Employees will also be volunteering their time as a response to coronavirus. The Santander Foundation is donating three million pounds split equally between the charities, to ensure those in need during the pandemic receive the appropriate and crucial support they deserve.

  • Employee Volunteering

Santander is encouraging colleagues to volunteer and help those in need. The employees are volunteering in our Companion Call scheme – providing a friendly chat to those affected by dementia who are some of the most isolated people in our society right now. To support this, the bank has also doubled the amount of time that employees can spend doing voluntary work.

  • Reaching Out

Branch staff have been reaching out to potentially vulnerable customers with telephone calls and supporting them to manage their finances during lockdown whilst helping to combat loneliness. We have been working with Santander’s Vulnerable Customer team to ensure customers affected by dementia can be signposted to Alzheimer’s Society services.

  • Free Santander Bikes

In London, NHS staff, Alzheimer’s Society’s key workers and unpaid dementia carers have been granted free access to the city's red Santander Cycles. 

For more information about Santander’s support in response to the coronavirus, visit Overcome this together.

We are incredibly grateful for the revolutionary support Santander continues to provide. The bank’s generosity and determination is making a huge difference to people affected by dementia. Thank you, Santander, for uniting with us against dementia.