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 an introductory video 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.