Young people from Glasgow build a better future through charity's money management course
|Author: BarclaysMoneySkills||Published: 8th May 2012 12:38|
Young people from Action for Children's Glasgow Youthbuild project have been getting to grips with their personal finances and celebrating their successful completion of an innovative money management course.
Youthbuild works with local young people aged between 16 and 19 who, for various reasons, are having difficulties in finding employment. The aim of the project is to support them in training for professional qualifications and help them to find full-time work when they have completed their training. As part of this, the project aims to improve the young people's financial capability through the Barclays Money Skills programme.
Action for Children is working in partnership with Barclays to deliver the Barclays Money Skills programme to young people who may be struggling to manage their finances. They are provided with the tools and support needed to improve their money management skills and gain a better understanding of financial matters.
Joanne Scott, Key Worker at Glasgow Youthbuild, said: "Managing personal finances has become increasingly more complex and it is easy for young people to make mistakes that have a huge impact later in their lives.
"Since starting the Barclays Money Skills programme, many of the project's young people have completely changed the way they think and feel about money and have gained such confidence in their abilities, which is fantastic to see!"
Tina McCalister, Manager of the Barclays Bothwell Street branch, Glasgow, said: "It's essential that young people have the opportunity to build their financial skills and confidence.
"Many of the young people that Action for Children supports face a particularly challenging set of circumstances, and need practical financial advice to help them manage their money effectively. We are working together to make a very real and sustainable difference to the lives of young people in Glasgow."
This year, Action for Children projects aim to reach more than 2,500 of the UK's most vulnerable young people aged 16-25 through Barclays Money Skills sessions, including young parents and young carers, those in youth clubs and training centres, and to help young people leaving care prepare to manage their own tenancy for the first time.
For more information on the Glasgow Youthbuild project or Barclays Money Skills, contact Joanne Scott on 0141 550 3374 or visit www.barclaysmoneyskills.com