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Local MP supports money management training for vulnerable young people in Bury
19 March 2012
Young care leavers fromThe Extra Mile project in Bury celebrated
their successful completion of an innovative money management
course on Friday 16 March, with a special visit from local MP,
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.
Local MP David Nuttall, who met some of the participants to
congratulate them and award certificates for their hard work,
commented: "The support Action for Children and Barclays are giving
young people in helping them get to grips with their finances is
fantastic. For many young people, it can be difficult to manage
their money effectively. The Barclays Money Skills programme is a
really practical way of equipping these young people with the
knowledge and tools that will help them do this."
The Extra Mile project helps young people in the local community
who are leaving local authority care prepare to take their first
steps towards living an independent life; including helping them
find a safe and welcoming home, employment or training
opportunities, and offering advice on how to manage their finances.
The project also operates a Supported Lodgings scheme, which aims
to reduce homelessness by offering local young people a place to
live in a supported environment.
Catherine Slater, Service Manager at The Extra Mile, said: "We
were delighted to have David Nuttall visit the project and support
the work the young care leavers have been doing these past few
"Since starting the programme, many of the project's young
people have completely changed the way they think about money and
gained such confidence in their abilities, which is fantastic to
Anne-Louise Heslop, Manager of the Barclays Bury branch, 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 support 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 Bury."
For more information on The Extra Mile project or the Barclays
Money Skills programme, contact Catherine Slater on 0161 253 6666
or visit www.barclaysmoneyskills.com