Please review the funded projects under the grant theme Building and Developing Resilience.
We are always looking to receive applications which use memorable, innovative, and or creative ways of delivering financial life skills which will make a lasting impact on the way people think, behave and manage their money.
Check out what the Trustees and the Grant Advisory Panel particularly liked about the projects featured.
TAFY was established as a community group in 2007 and became a non-profit company in 2011. TAFY offers vocational training, qualifications, work experience and apprenticeships to socially excluded groups, primarily young people (16-24) from Blaenau Gwent.
This project piloted delivering financial inclusion training into transitional employment activities. It worked with 12 long term unemployed people from the county of Blaenau Gwent.
Fortnightly sessions were delivered, covering a broad variety of money issues from budgeting, planning for the future, benefits, debt, and how to evaluate value for money.
All participants reported that they had increased in confidence to control and plan their expenditure. All 12 beneficiaries opened an account and started saving with Smart Money Cymru Credit Union.
We particularly liked that TAFY helped people tackle financial issues associated with living in a 'benefits culture'.
Wipers is a youth justice social enterprise which specialises in working with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. They are based in Shoreditch, London.
Our funding enabled Wipers to deliver 4 rounds of their Business and Life Skills programme - The Enterprise Course. Working in partnership with the Youth Offending Teams from Hammersmith & Fulham, Camden, Enfield and Islington, 43 young people from these London boroughs accessed the course. In total 32 young people completed the course and gained an accredited Level 2 AQA qualification in Business & Life Skills.
Each course comprised of 8 weekly 2 hour workshops. A variety of fun, dynamic and interactive youth work skills were used to enhance their financial capabilities and to increase their social and personal development.
This grant has enabled Wipers to develop new strategic partnerships across London, further cementing their reputation of being a specialist provider in working with hard-to-reach vulnerable young people.
We particularly liked that the Wipers Business and Life Skills programme enabled disengaged young people to achieve a recognised national qualification.
Is a registered charity, and is the parent charity of the Aspirations Healthy Living Cente in Margate, Kent. The Aspirations Centre is a community hub run in partnership with Orbit South Housing Association, Global Generation Church, Jobcentre Plus and Kent County Council.
We funded 7 Aspire Community Financial Stability Courses (a 3 hour session delivered once a week for 3 weeks using CAP Money Course resources). 68 vulnerable people benefitted from completing the courses. Each session had 3 elements, financial education, financial wellbeing and group discussion.
The course integrated practical life skills and personal support. Those who needed additional support were referred onto specialist debt advisors for help.
We particularly liked that the Pipeline project teamed up education with practical life skills and individual support.
Citizens Advice Cheadle is a registered charity serving the people of Cheadle and across the Staffordshire Moorlands district. Affiliated to Citiziens Advice UK, they provide free, confidential, impartial, independent advice, on issues ranging from, welfare rights, consumer rights, immigration employment, housing and debt.
We funded the appointment of a Financial Capability Officer for one day per week for a year. Over this year they recruited and trained a team of 4 volunteer Money Skill Advisers, who provided 1:1 financial capability support to 185 clients. Training and awareness sessions were delivered to frontline staff and volunteers who work with vulnerable groups including training on financial abuse.
The project was publicised across Staffordshire, using social media, press releases, informative posters and leaflets targeting foodbanks, schools, and other local advice agencies.