A number of organisations give DebtAware a range of support, without which the programme would not be as successful as it has become. Our thanks to all our partners, large and small.
Our Money Diaries were early recipients of pfeg’s first Centre of Excellence awards, and the charity- now part of Young Enterprise – has been an invaluable source of advice and support from the outset.
We have worked with both the Media and Primary Education faculties.
Media students have produced short films for use in our lessons, which regularly feature in the “what is your favourite part of the lesson?” section of our evaluation forms. Our money mentors have been closely involved with these films; they have written scripts, designed scenery and props and become overnight film stars.
We were very keen to help ensure that the next generation of primary teachers are as enthusiastic about financial education as we are. Our money mentors have made presentations to primary education students about our lessons and the cross-curricular use of lesson materials.
We have received welcome advice and encouragement from the Money Advice Service, and we are now working on the development of a best practice financial education evaluation model.
Unify credit union is based in Wigan with branches in Chorley, Leyland and Skelmersdale. They are supporting the aims of DebtAware and reinforcing the messages of good money management by establishing a programme of Junior Savings Accounts in some of our primary schools.
The online schools resources directory is supporting the promotion of financial education in schools by showcasing DebtAware on their website.
We are teaching the DebtAware programme in two primary schools in the Gannow area of Burnley, in partnership with Gannow Big Local. Gannow Big Local is part of a lottery funded programme which aims to achieve lasting change in 150 communities across England.
The lottery-funded Shadsworth with Whitebirk Big Local has partnered with DebtAware to bring our Money Management Programme into four new primary schools in the area. Pupils aged 9-11 years in these schools receive copies of the programme “diaries” which they get to keep.
We are working with FUNDA and Evolving Edge on an exciting new project aimed at school children. Our three organisations are partnering together to design and deliver a “Life-Skills” programme which will focus on a holistic syllabus of physical training, money management skills and exam resilience techniques.
FUNDA is a small team of children’s physical education specialists. Their aim is to give children the skills needed for a life time of physical activity, supporting teachers in the delivery of curriculum PE as well as running school holiday clubs.
Evolving Edge is a behavioural change company set up by Caroline Dakin and Sarah Brennan. They deliver courses on leadership & management, mindset transformation, team performance and personal coaching.
The following organisations have generously supported DebtAware with grants and donations.
- Morris Quality Bakers, Chorley
- Lancashire County Council
- Souter Charitable Trust*
- Chorley Building Society
- Skipton Building Society
- Yorkshire Bank
- Shadsworth & Whitebirk Big Local
- Harris Museum, Preston
- Gannow Big Local
*Sir Brian Souter, joint founder and now chairman of Stagecoach Group, is not related to our education manager, also Brian Souter. However the name link was enough to encourage us to apply to his charitable foundation – and we are grateful for their positive response.