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Christmas & New Year Closure Days

Moneywise Plus would like to wish you a Merry Christmas & A Prosperous New Year!

Moneywise Plus will be closed from Monday 26th December 2016 until Monday 2nd January 2017.

We will be business as usual from Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Best Wishes

The Moneywise Plus Team

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Moneywise Plus succeeds in supporting 321 participants

On Friday 24th November Moneywise Plus delivery partners, participants and stakeholders gathered together at The Venue, DeMontfort University to mark the end of the first year of delivery of the Moneywise Plus programme and celebrate its achievements to date. As of September 2017, the project has supported 321 participants, of which:

• 43% increased their financial skills in personal budgeting
• 36% increased their digital skills through improved access to the internet
• 36% received specific advice through attendance at scheduled appointments as part of the programme.

Moneywise Plus is a project funded by the National Lottery (through the Big Lottery Fund) and the European Social Fund. It is managed and delivered by Reaching People, a consortium of third sector organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire, with the City and County Council as additional partners. The purpose of the project is to improve the financial and digital skills of local unwaged participants across Leicester and Leicestershire, with the aim to support 1,400 people by the end of 2019.

The event began with an opportunity for attendees to mingle and chat, followed by a welcome by Gaynor Quilter, Chair of Reaching People. We then enjoyed a video introducing the project (which you can view below) and kicked off the event in earnest with an evaluation discussion in groups lead and facilitated by Chris Barlow of ERS. After sharing feedback we moved onto the next activity, in which Moneywise Plus delivery partners each lead a discussion in groups and then fed back to the room. At 5pm we listened to a talk by our inspirational keynote speaker Romail Gulzar, Managing Editor of Pukaar News and Founder of the Leicester Curry Awards, who spoke about how money and digital skills had influenced his life. We wrapped up the event with some last words from Reaching People CEO Jenny Hand and Gaynor Quilter, at which point a buffet was served and attendees were free to eat, drink and network.

Here’s what some of our participants had to say about our project:

‘The whole programme has boosted my confidence, helped me to reach my personal goals and helped me improve on my communication skills.’

‘Very worthwhile project and has really helped me get a full-time permanent position.’

‘I have now become very confident in everything that I do.’

We’re extremely proud of all that we’ve achieved in just one year and look forward to doing even more in the years to come! We hope you will join us at our next annual celebration event in 2018.


Annual Celebration of Moneywise Plus

Partners and stakeholders involved in the Moneywise Plus project will meet at The Venue at DeMontfort University on Friday 24th November for their Annual Celebration event.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the project’s achievements in the first year of delivery and work on challenges for next year. Moneywise Plus is a project funded by the National Lottery (through the Big Lottery Fund) and the European Social Fund. It is managed and delivered by Reaching People, a consortium of third sector organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire. Additional partners are the City and County Council.
The aim of the project is to improve the financial and digital skills of local unwaged participants across Leicester and Leicestershire. So far the project has supported over 325 people with over 150 participants completing the programme and achieving positive progression.

Welcome and introduction to the event will be provided by Gaynor Quilter, Chair of Reaching People, who has over thirty years experience in the housing, employment, learning and support sectors. Attendees will then watch video interviews with participants who will talk about the impact delivery has had on their life and what they have achieved through the project. There will also be interactive workshops, which will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to experience what delivery is like for participants. The event will include a key-note speech from Romail Gulzar, Managing Editor of Pukaar News UK, who will speak about how money and digital skills have influenced his life.
Gaynor Quilter says: ‘I am really pleased to be able to share the early achievements of Moneywise Plus and the huge difference the project is making on the lives of local people. Many of the participants are among people in most need of additional support to use digital devices to apply for work and to manage their finances and improve their lives generally. Moneywise plus in year 1 has already supported over 325 people to move on with financial and digital skills.’

More information about the Moneywise Plus project and how to access its services can be found on the website www.moneywiseplus.co.uk. Support is available for any person who is over 16 years of age, not in work and eligible to reside in the UK.

If you would like to attend the event please follow this link to our event listing on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2jGw1R4


Moneywise Plus has been invited to meet Prince Harry

We have some exciting news to share… Prince Harry is coming to Leicester on Tuesday 21st March. As part of his visit Prince Harry will be visiting Leicestershire Aids Support Service (LASS) along with 2 other projects. Moneywise Plus is based at LASS and has been invited to this fantastic opportunity.

LASS, the HIV charity for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. LASS provides information, advice, support and advocacy services for people who are living with or affected by HIV, and also raises HIV awareness through training and workshops. The charity, which Diana, Princess of Wales, visited in 1991, also works in partnership with other local agencies to challenge the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV. On arrival Prince Harry will join a discussion with LASS service users affected by HIV, and attend a training session with the charity’s partner organisations (including Moneywise Plus) to examine how they can support people affected by HIV to lead happy, healthy lives. His Royal Highness will then meet service users and volunteers over lunch in the LASS canteen, before unveiling a commemorative plaque to mark the charity’s 30th birthday.

Watch this space for more news on this!


Success of Moneywise Plus Launch

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Moneywise Plus was officially launched at an event which took place at New Walk Museum on Friday 25th November. The event also celebrated the success of the last Moneywise project.  Moneywise Plus will assist people with their online skills as well as helping them become financially aware, so we’re looking forward to another very successful project with our delivery organisations and partners Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Action Homeless Leicester, asra Housing Group, Community Advice and Law Service, Cooke e-Learning Foundation, The Bridge – East Midlands, Home-Start Leicester, Melton and Rutland, Leicester College, The Y, b-inspired and Pedestrian. Thank you to Guest speaker Wasim Khan C.E.O of Leicestershire County Cricket Club for his inspirational speech on leadership.




Moneywise Plus Now Live

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Moneywise Plus is now ‘live’ and has started to register its first clients who will benefit from tailored online/digital support and financial advice and information.

If you wish to refer someone who would benefit from this support please complete the online referral form, under the tab Refer to Us