LifeSavers is a primary school education programme which is funded by both Virgin Money and the government. It introduces young people to money and helps them develop good money habits around managements and savings. The programme is run by the Just Finance Foundation – a charitable body of the Church of England – who work in partnership with Young Enterprise.
Accompanied by The Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE – an advocate for the LifeSavers programme – and the LifeSavers team, we recently visited St Oswald’s Primary School in Hebburn which is one of the Newcastle schools participating in the programme. There we met staff and pupils who are taking part in fun lessons that cover:
- Where does money come from?
- What can we use money for?
- How does money make us feel?
- How can we look after our money?
- How does our money help other people?
Helen Smith, Head teacher at St Oswalds said:
LifeSavers has been instrumental in ensuring our children are more financially aware. I would unreservedly recommend the LifeSavers scheme to other schools as the impact it can have upon your school community is immense.
As well as a fun learning curriculum, pupils can participate in a savings club run by North East First Credit Union.
We are looking forward to visiting more schools who are participating in the programme. You can find more information on the LifeSavers programme via their website.