Please review the funded projects under the grant theme Living with Long Term Challenges.

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.

Is an independent registered charity based in Norwich. They have been providing a range of communication and information services for the deaf community in Norfolk since 1997.

Our funding enabled Deaf Connexions to deliver 6 workshops, a 10 week course (2 hrs /session) delivered by a deaf advocate to 8 people, plus 10 hours of 1:1 personal finance support sessions to course beneficiaries. 35 people directly benefitted. All of the support was delivered through British Sign Language (BSL) and with the help of visual resources, to ensure that deaf people had full access.

Training included, banking/credit cards, how to budget and plan, how to keep money safe, awareness of scams, and where to get help. Outcomes delivered were increased financial confidence, enhanced self-esteem, less dependence on family members and need for support services.

We particularly liked Deaf Connexions' combination of teaching and one to one support geared to a group of people with specific needs.

Pembrokeshire People First (PPF) is an independent member-led charity run by and for adults with learning disabilities and/ or autism. They focus on developing skills, resilience, and independence. They do this through: Advocacy, Training, Groups and Campaigning.

We funded the delivery of 30 Money Management Sessions, to 29 members. PPF Finance Champions were recruited and trained to take a lead in supporting fellow members to create two micro enterprises.

Specialist support sessions were delivered by the Barclays Money Skills Team and the Finance Resilience Co-ordinator from the local CAB. The activities increased members' confidence in money skills, understanding of benefit work rules such as 'permitted hours' and increased independence for two members to move in to their own self contained flat.

We particularly liked that this Pembrokeshire People First project collaborated with other organisations to deliver the specialist support sessions.