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28 September 2018: Student Peer Mentors give advice to elders on Money Matters

Students at two schools in Leicestershire are giving tips on financial literacy to older students and their teachers as part of Citizens Advice LeicesterShire’s Money Matters Peer Leadership project.

23 young people from Heath Lane Academy, in Earl Shilton, and 18 students from Stephenson Studio School in Coalville, completed a 2-day Money Matters programme, empowering them to handle money with confidence.

A proportion of these students (13 from Heath Lane Academy and 7 from Stephenson Studio School) then went on to complete the Peer Leadership programme, building the skills and confidence to enable them to share what they have learned with their peers.

On 5 October 2018, the Peer Leaders from Stephenson Studio School will hold a stall at Stephenson College, passing on money saving tips and resources to students at the college.

On 11 October 2018, the Peer Leaders from Heath Lane Academy will deliver a session financial literacy to their teachers.

The Money Matters workshops cover a range of money management and related topics, including: attitudes to money, confidence building, budgeting and avoiding debt, understanding credit and how to access help.

The workshops are delivered in schools by Citizens Advice LeicesterShire trainers.

Margaret Brough, Money Matters Trainer for Citizens Advice LeicesterShire, said:

“It’s been an absolute privilege to work with these young people throughout the Money Matters and Peer Leadership Programme.

“I’m especially proud of their confidence and enthusiasm for passing on skills to their peers and teachers.

“Financial literacy is something we could all get better at, and these young people have chosen to deliver their message in a way that is really memorable, by turning the tables their teachers and giving out advice to students that are much older and already at college.”

In a survey of 2017 Money Matters participants,100% of students said they felt more confident with budgeting as a result of Money Matters training. 97% would recommend the workshops to their friends.