Metro Bank colleagues from the Brighton store have delivered Money Zone – financial education workshops – to over 50 children from City Academy Whitehawk. 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 students 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.
Brighton Metro Bank Customer Service Representatives, Robbie Chalmers, Martin Chandler, Alistair Bain delivered the key sessions to the students, with support from Store Manager, Stephen Cotton. The day ended with an hour-long tour of the bank to discuss what they had learned during their lessons.
“We are really pleased that we were able to deliver this Money Zone workshop and it was a fantastic opportunity to continue to build our relationship with the local community,” explains Brighton Metro Bank’s Store Manager Stephen Cotton. “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.’’
‘‘We had so much fun, and I love the excitement the children experience when participating in these sessions. It is extremely rewarding,’’ explains Brighton Metro Bank’s Customer Service Representative Robbie Chalmers. ‘’The children were fascinated by the vault and the Magic Money Machine. We even had one student come to the store a week later and her mother explained it was due to our visit to her class!’’
Any schools or groups interested in Money Zone can contact their local Metro Bank store for more information.
Metro Bank’s Brighton store is located at 82 North Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1ZA. The store is open Monday – Saturday 8:30am - 6pm. Sunday: 11am - 5pm.