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I have volunteered to share my expertise in personal finance and budgeting with local school children in Christchurch as part of the newly launched One Community: Prevention, Intervention, and Direction programme.

The initiative has been developed by Young Enterprise, the UK’s foremost business and education not-for-profit organisation, and will see local business people working with schools to help young people develop their entrepreneurial and employability skills – in a challenging and practical way.

As part of the ‘One Community’ programme, pupils will learn what future career and learning opportunities are available to them, how to manage their own finances and how to take responsibility in their communities. The scheme will build their confidence, help promote discussions around further education and future employment and enhance their communication, team work, planning and leadership skills.

I hope to bring what, for many young people, can be a boring subject to life and really engage them to think about their finances and how best to manage them.  I would love these school children to go away inspired to budget well and view money as a real enabler to them achieving their goals in life.

The ‘One Community’ programme will work with over 550 young people per academic year, with a specific focus on those not in education, employment or training, to develop their work and life skills.

More information about Young Enterprise can be found at

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