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Basildon Metro Bank Puts School Children in the Money Zone

19th July 2023

Metro Bank colleagues from the Basildon store have delivered Money Zone – financial education workshops – to over ten children from a local Beavers’ group. The aim of the complimentary workshops is to raise financial awareness in students from a young age.

Money Zone is a series of financial education lessons that Metro Bank offers to school children - either virtually or in store. Money Zone comprises of four sessions - budgeting, saving, banking and the last session which takes place in store gave the children a behind the scenes look at the Bank including a visit to the vault and the chance to try the coin counting Magic Money Machine. At the end of the day, all the children received their own goody bag and met the Metro Bank mascot, Metro Man. Metro Bank has delivered its Money Zone programme at over 2,500 schools and 250,000 children.

“We are really pleased that we were able to deliver this Money Zone workshop, the kids were very engaged, and it was a fantastic opportunity to continue to build our relationship with the local community,” explains Basildon Metro Bank’s Assistant Store Manager Chelsea Thomas. “Learning how to manage your money, budget and save are fundamental life skills that everyone needs to learn. We are proud of our Money Zone programme and the difference it makes in giving these students a good grounding in their financial education.’’

Basildon Metro Bank Customer Service Representative Angela Libby delivered the key sessions to the students. ‘’We had such a fun time. The kids asked so many questions. They were fascinated by the vault and watching the Magic Money Machine eat all the coins. They were super excited to see Metro Man and got a lot of selfies!’’

Any schools or groups interested in Money Zone can contact their local Metro Bank store for more information.

Metro Bank’s Basildon store is located at 2 East Walk, Eastgate Centre, Basildon, Essex, SS14 1HH. The store is open Monday – Saturday 8:30am - 6pm. Sunday: 11am - 5pm. Basildon Metro Bank is part of the Safe Space scheme – the store is available to anyone experiencing, or at risk of domestic abuse, providing the opportunity to safely call a helpline, support service or loved one.