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Money Masterclass for Young People

by Nick Harvey in Wiveliscombe, England, United Kingdom

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We plan to provide a variety of money and finance workshops for young people about to become economically independent

by Nick Harvey in Wiveliscombe, England, United Kingdom

In The Mix Project provides professional support and advice to young adults living and working in the locality through a range of social, community, educational and recreational activities relating to issues prevalent to themselves, their communities and their environment. These are designed to encourage personal, social, and emotional development.

Our aim is to help young adults learn and develop through informal educational activities which combine enjoyment, challenge and learning. We base our services on core youth work principles and values, supporting young people to develop, expanding their skills and learning experiences, boosting self-esteem and confidence whilst promoting teamwork and citizenship. We are flexible in our approach, ensuring that the activities that we offer are relevant to young people we work with. 

We want to provide young adults seeking the transition to independence for the first time with interactive and informal workshops to provide them with the necessary skills they need to function in adulthood and manage their personal finances. Topics would include; bank charges and statements, savings, borrowing and loans, understanding payslips, tax and HMRC, tel and email scams, jargon busting, budgeting, rent and utilities, credit scores etc. Our project will use a variety of methods to help participants understand these financial aspects such as 1-2-1s, discussions, group work, games and role play.

This scheme will support young people learn practical life skills that will carry through their entire adult life and future career prospects. It will give them the capability to be financially independent, reducing the risk of running up unsecured debts, providing options to get on the property ladder, understanding their earnings and tax contributions, creating budgeting techniques, and the comprehension of savings and providing / signposting other support and networks to seek help with financial support.

We work with groups who face huge social and economic barriers. Commercial and media pressures, diet and obesity, poor broadband services in rural areas, levels of physical activity, lack of transportation, rural and social isolation, lack of amenities, access to support services and poor communication & broadband, availability to experience free play and perceptions about safety all seem to conspire against their development as free-thinking and independent young adults. These all contribute to restricted access to activity, play, work, education, training & social opportunities and formal education and statutory services for young people are often not equipped to offer them the level of support required or alternatives to traditional systems and programmes.

Social and political agendas in the UK are demonstrating increasing concerns about the long-term physical and mental health effects of the pressures and influences on young people as well as the lack of soft and practical skill development in schools and other education sectors. Our charity focusses predominately on helping and supporting young adults to develop and flourish, to learn new skills and undertake new experiences, to create new friendships and become active members of society and their existing communities where they can meaningfully contribute and thrive.

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