The Gateshead Housing Company has been teaching local primary school children the importance of managing their money.
Working in partnership with Citizens Advice and a local author, the housing company has created a book with tasks throughout to get the reader thinking about how to manage money.
The book, entitled Toby’s New Bike, uses a story to explain the importance of money management. It also includes useful notes to parents and contact information for support organisations that can help.
Primary schools, libraries and community groups in Gateshead have all received copies of the book.
The children involved also had the chance to enter a drawing competition to create a picture which represents why saving money is important. The winning entries had their picture printed in the book and also won VIP tickets to see a Newcastle Eagles basketball home game.
The winner of the competition was Hannah Stewart-Hardisty, who was presented with her prize at the assembly.
Helen said: “This is a great opportunity to raise awareness among young people about the importance of managing their money. Hopefully this will help reduce the risk of them falling into financial difficulty when they are older.
“During the current economic climate, it is more important than ever to learn how to be good with money from an early age.”
Gateshead residents can find out more about the housing company’s training programmes by emailing the Involvement Team or by calling 0191 433 5357.
Prize winner Hannah Stewart-Hardisty with her Mother, Elsie Stewart-Hardisty, Father, Donald Stewart-Hardisty, and Auntie, Lesley Mosey.