Three years ago when the financial crisis hit our country, it made people stop and think about the things that need to be different.
In London Citizens, before Brent Citizens was born, we ran a listening campaign to understand how the financial crisis was affecting our communities. One of the most prominent concerns was the lack of financial literacy in our institutions. So, with funding from some of the big financial sector organisation, we launched our Money Mentors programme for leaders of London Citizens to learn about financial literacy and to acquire the tools to pass on the knowledge through their own networks.
Pastor Wayne Brown, the pastor at New Testament of God in Brent, is really concerned about the impact of the debt on his congregation and so are many of the leaders in the church’s North London Citizens team. So, Promise and Josephine, who have recently completed London Citizens 2 Day Training took a stand on behalf of their community and signed up to become Money Mentors.
Next week Money Mentors will begin it’s four week course for 15 North London Citizens to learn about debt, interest rates, how to best invest your money and how to avoid high interest legal loan sharks! At the end of this course, Promise and Josephine are going to work with Pastor Wayne to find a date when they can teach the wider church about financial literacy and Sheilla Patel, the London Citizens organiser running Money Mentors, is going to support them. It’s a great example of teaching chains and shared learning. Really impressed about the commitment of Promise and Josephine, who are both in their 20s, to see this as a serious issue and to want to educate their community about money.