Barclays Money Skills 'Champions'

Between 2011 and 2014 Youth Access worked with Barclays, the National Youth Agency, UK Youth, Rathbone, Youth Net and Citizens Advice to deliver the Barclays Money Skills ‘champions’ project. This UK wide programme aimed to increase the financial awareness of 16-24 year olds, with particular emphasis on young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs), through an innovative programme of peer education. The project aimed to build the financial knowledge and confidence of up to 5,000 young people, and equip them with the skills to share this information with their peer group.

Achievements

The project trained over 5,200 young people as ‘champions’ improving their financial knowledge and capability, and equipping them with the skills to share this information with their peer group. Overall the project reached 120,000 young people through this peer education model.

Youth Access worked with members and youth organisations from Cornwall to Lanarkshire and  trained and supported some 85 support workers who in turn trained over 400 money  skills champions to deliver peer to peer learning on practical topics such as opening a bank account, understanding a bank statement and spending responsibly to over 8000 young  people.