Housing Associations & Councils
Most of our work with housing associations focuses on the latter, helping young tenants in, or are at risk of getting in rent arrears manage their money and keep their tenancies.
However, we have increasing experience with young people before they get their tenancies as part of housing associations overall care, contract and commitment processes. This extends to young adults in sheltered housing, using budgeting and saving skills to make sustainable transitions to independent living – we are also able to offer direct advice through the Money Advice Service.
Our experts have also delivered a mix of survival money management programmes to and enterprise experiences via local authorities Looked After & Leaving Care Teams, Children Services and Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers.
We place a high emphasis on quality and impact. Trainers are experts who have passed rigorous exams on all things in personal finance and every session is rated by participants and facilitators.
We do this via:
- Delivery – Much of our support for young people in these settings is through our financial intervention workshop, Money Works. It has been delivered to thousands of young people in place like Peabody, Metropolitan Housing and Cestria Community Housing. This programme won the Children & Young People Now, Leaving Care Award 2015.
- Enterprise – Helping councils and their contractors deliver rewarding summer activities, mainly through our Business Battle programme. These are rich, time-bound, real product, real money and real marketplace enterprise experiences.
- Consultancy – Assisting organisations with their financial education programmes. We are involved in several multi-million pound Big Lottery ‘Improving Financial Confidence’ projects. Our experts helped design Hyde Housing’s Money House scheme which simulates independent living in a Big Brother style flat. Participants rent arrears have fallen substantially. We also provided survival money management workshops via Metropolitan Housing’s Lam
beth Face initiative which links education, advice and volunteering. Hundreds of young people took part and learned how to budget, bank and borrow responsibly.