The Just Finance Foundation is the newest area of CUF’s work. Its aim is to create a fairer financial system focused on serving the whole community where everyone has access to essential financial services. The LifeSavers programme has already enabled 3,200 primary school pupils to participate in an innovative values-based programme about money. Meanwhile, funding was secured to expand the provision of Cash Smart Credit Savvy, a short, accessible, financial capability course for adults, to a further five areas of the country. This short film describes our impact in 2016.
Children in the North East are now saving for a rainy day after the launch of the LifeSavers programme in local primary schools.
The availability of instant loans, rising household debt and one-click online shopping are all features of the financial system that children and young people growing up today will have to navigate and negotiate Therefore it has never been more important to equip children with the knowledge and skills to manage money wisely and start a regular savings habit. This is at the heart of the LifeSavers programme which is supported by local credit unions, like Hexham based ‘Tynedale Community Bank’.
Lifesavers is an opportunity to start a process of changing are relationship and attitude towards money that we’re very excited about in Newcastle.
We’ve been keen to hold an open garden at the vicarage for a while now and the Archbishop’s Mustard Seed Appeal gave us a great incentive to have everyone over for an afternoon tea! We asked folk for a donation on entry and they could have have a cuppa and a scone with jam, cream and a strawberry on top.
The Just Finance Foundation has had a huge impact in London and Liverpool. Now, as a part of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mustard Seed Appeal, we can see some of that impact from Liverpool and get a sense of the kind of work that is already starting to take place in the West Midlands.
Churches and individuals are being asked to get behind the Archbishop of Canterbury's Mustard Seed Appeal by raising vital funds to support the national roll-out of the Just Finance Network. Building on the success of the Church Credit Champions Network pilots in London and Liverpool this will train volunteers to support people struggling with debt, promote budgeting skills, champion credit unions, support community-led finance initiatives and join in with the bigger conversation about just finance.