The project aim was to bring to life the concept of ‘life skills’ by developing and delivering a highly interactive session that would prepare learners for independent living and support the transition into work-based learning or university. This was supported with the redesign and distribution of the ‘Piggy Bank Guide’ to include information about student finance, and the development and maintenance of the Piggy Bank website: www.thepiggybank.org.uk.
Two hour-long workshops and supporting resources were designed. Topics covered in the sessions were finance and budgeting; living independently; health and wellbeing and managing further study. To ensure a ‘peer to peer’ experience, the sessions have all been delivered by a recent graduate and current HE students.
Over the lifetime of the project (March—July 2018), 461 young people took part, 25% of whom live in NCOP wards
All participants received a copy of the Piggy Bank Guide; the website includes quizzes, resources and news from the Money Advice Service and the Citizens Advice Bureau. This will continue to be managed by Kendal College and thus be an ongoing resource for all schools and colleges.
Social media graphics to signpost people to the website will be launched in December 2018, and supporting lesson plans and the ‘Manage Your Money’ board game will be disseminated to partners.
Teachers generally rated activities effective or highly effective; students generally gave very positive feedback – the most common theme was finance; finance- specific comments were overwhelmingly positive.