News from the Just Finance Foundation
The Mustard Seed Appeal - Making Finance Fair For All
Last year the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal was a huge success. At a time when nearly a third of adults demonstrate one or more signs of financial distress, one in 6 is over indebted, and many rely on high cost credit to cover essentials, your generosity enabled us to launch the Just Finance Foundation, to help build a fair financial system.
This year we’re asking individuals and churches to help plant more seeds of hope by supporting the appeal again.
Can you make a donation to the Mustard Seed Appeal?
Could your church hold a special collection this harvest? We have resources and ideas to help you plan your harvest service.
Lives were changed in 2016
Thanks to your support lives are being transformed through JFF. To date we have worked with 400 churches and trained over 250 volunteers to signpost to affordable credit, free debt advice, and money skills courses. In 2016 we extended our work in Liverpool and London to include Newcastle.Through our LifeSavers programme over 3200 primary school children are receiving financial education.
More schools join LifeSavers to bring financial education to children
Children in the North East are now saving for a rainy day after the launch of the LifeSavers programme in local primary schools. Pupils will receive regular financial education lessons on topics including; earning, saving and spending money, and have the opportunity to join the school savings club. Some children have trained as ‘bank managers’ and will help run the weekly savings club sessions.
A government minister for financial inclusion
The Government has appointed the UK’s first minister for financial inclusion. Guy Opperman, MP for Hexham, has a track record of support for living wages, community businesses and regional banks. His challenge is to turn the growing recognition of the need for financial inclusion into practical outcomes. This will include, advocating for interventions that help prevent financial distress, and promotion and support for accessible alternatives to high cost lending.