Participant Rakesh Patel receiving his certificate from Lord Lieutenant Ramanbhai Barber.

Participant Rakesh Patel receiving his award for fully engaging with the support and his enthusiasm for learning.

On Friday 30th November Reaching People’s Moneywise Plus project hosted its annual celebration to mark the end of its second successful year. Around 70 people joined us to celebrate the achievements of individuals and the collective work of 12 organisations providing digital and financial support to unwaged and unemployed people in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Kathryn Burgess, vice-chair of Reaching People, presented the impressive achievements of the project this year, including helping over 400 participants and exceeding all targets on working with disadvantaged people.


Our keynote speaker, kick boxer and ‘This Girl Can’ sporting champion Natasha Mina, inspired and moved us all as she recounted the difficulties she has experienced in her life and how she overcame them with small steps and determination. Her message was one of hope that others might learn from her experience and have the courage and confidence to take their own small steps to success.

Participant Zoe Harman holding her certificate.

Participant Zoe Harman receiving her award for successfully using the skills and confidence gained to find employment.


Moneywise Plus has supported many people to do just that. To celebrate their success, Deputy Lieutenant Ramanbhai Barber, MBE, presented awards to participants nominated for their own exceptional achievement.


The project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery through the Big Lottery fund.


The Moneywise Plus team would like to thank everyone for attending, taking part and helping to make the event a big success.