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Financial literacy workshops flourish around the borough


Financial literacy workshops flourish around the borough

matthew at carers network

A number of workshops were held by Citizens Advice Westminster’s financial capability volunteer, Matthew, in the first three months of the year. A workshop involving one of the Abbey Centre’s community groups was held successfully in February. It tackled staying safe on-line, while personal budgeting was the topic of a lively workshop held in conjunction with the Church Army’s Marylebone Project. A series of four evening workshops was held at Westminster Reference Library examining energy bills, personal budgeting, pension planning and pension draw-down. Feedback in all cases was extremely positive and, circumstances permitting, similar workshops will be organised again later in the year, once the current Coronavirus crisis has ended.

Two new volunteers joined the team with Peter seeing clients referred by the debt and money advice team helping the Debt Advice team at the Beethoven Centre drop- in sessions on Mondays; while on Wednesdays Richard has observed the money advice and digital support offered to Universal Credit claimants at the Marylebone Job Centre Plus in preparation for his joining the team. When workshops restart hopefully later this year, Peter and Richard will join Matthew to expand the team’s reach to provide more financial capability workshops across the borough.

Several other organisations that have either hosted workshops or previously expressed an interest in financial capability matters are keen to work with the project and a number of new organisations are likely to sign up, possibly offering financial capability training in different formats.

 


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