Our Strategic Partner MyBnk delivers their Money House programme to young people in Greenwich, Newham, Westminster and Haringey. The course is designed to help young people who are leaving the care system prepare for moving into a flat of their own, and learn about the financial responsibilities this brings. The one and five-day courses take place in real flats, similar to those the young people can expect to move into.
Andy Carson, Paul Pritchard and Jason Margetts from Berkeley Homes East Thames visited the Greenwich venue earlier this year to learn about the programme. The Greenwich Money House was in need of a refresh, so the team at Berkeley committed to help MyBnk refurbish the training facility. The aim was to provide a cleaner and more inviting environment, with brighter rooms and extra storage capacity for the young people to attend the course and learn new skills.
The result was above expectations. Jade Edwards, Partnership Manager for The Money House, says:
"We are really grateful to the team at Berkeley East Thames for the beautiful refurbishment. Our staff have even said they feel proud to come into work and it's boosted their wellbeing. We've had two courses in the flat since the refurb and the young people are impressed with the surroundings and the newfound space!"
The team at East Thames is also happy with the outcome. Carolina Correia, Community Development Specialist, Berkeley East Thames, comments:
"It's such a great feeling to be able to help with something practical like this. Their training space was becoming a less than inspiring setting for lessons, and we're delighted that we could help MyBnk with refurbishing it. As an additional benefit, we picked decoration and furniture items that young people will be able to see in the high street and use in their own homes, whilst maintaining a healthy budget!"
To find out more about MyBnk and their great work visit their website: www.mybnk.org