Provident Good Neighbour Community Programme

We believe people are at the heart of our business and therefore we strive to offer a community programme that aims to benefit those who live and work in the areas in which we operate, addressing the issues that matter most to them.

That location could be connected to our head office in Bradford, or wherever we have a regional office.

We have a great presence in Bradford and are proud to sponsor both the main sports clubs, rugby league’s Bradford Bulls and Bradford City Football Club, as well as supporting their community foundations.

Our Good Neighbour programme not only helps our local community partners do some fantastic work, with our long term investment and staff volunteers helping ten projects in Bradford to achieve their goals, but also supports projects within the communities we serve around the UK.

Finger on the ‘pulse’ of our local communities

As well as celebrating the successes of our community partners we also love to recognise those unsung heroes who have a lasting effect on the people they touch with their unselfish actions week in, week out.

That’s why we partnered up with two of Bradford’s favourite radio stations, Pulse 1 and Pulse 2, to recognise those individuals who have made a difference.

The Pulse Local Hero Awards took nominations from the listeners of both stations for all sorts of categories, from Grandparent of the Year to the overall West Yorkshire Hero.

Reflecting our Good Neighbour community programme and our support of local sport, professional and grassroots, we decided to sponsor two categories.

Community Contribution Award – Sponsored by Provident’s Good Neighbour programme

Winner – Matthew Fawcett

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Matthew is 82 years of age and is a lollipop man, providing a service to help the local children, parents, school and wider community.

Matthew prides himself on knowing the names of all the children and their parents and always greets them with a smile. At the end of each term Matthew takes lollipops for each of the children, and even took a supply of creme eggs with him at Easter to hand out to all the children!

Matthew currently has a knee injury, however he continues to work in order to serve the local community.

Contribution to Sport Award – Sponsored by Provident

Winner – Tony Miller

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Tony is the Chairman at Bolton Woods Junior Football Club.

For over 25 years at the club Tony has raised over £1.6 million. Despite suffering two heart attacks, Tony continues to work tirelessly on the club in order to benefit the children and local community.
Tony was motivated to set up the club in order to give children a focus and to improve the local community. The team has grown to 20 strong and continues to grow, directed and driven by Tony at the helm. He works full time on improving the club wherever possible- and his work is free of charge.

Bolton Woods Juniors currently benefits over 200 children, with 1000’s of local children being helped over the years Tony has spent at the club.

A huge well done to Tony and Matthew.

Look out for more blogs which will talk about our support for local communities up and down the UK, we may be somewhere near you!