Metro Bank colleagues from the Manchester store have delivered Money Zone – financial education workshops – to over 60 children in years 4 and 5 from Abbot Community Primary School. 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. All the children received their own goody bag and met the Metro Bank mascot, Metro Man. Metro Bank has delivered its Money Zone programme to over 250,000 children.
Manchester Metro Bank Customer Service Representative (CSR), Sandra Monteiro organised and delivered the key sessions to the students, with support from Store Manager, Nilany Vasantharasan and CSRs, Gabriel Taylor and Sam Preston. 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, the kids were very engaged and it was a fantastic opportunity to continue to build our relationship with the local community,” explains Manchester Metro Bank’s Store Manager Nilany Vasantharasan. ‘’We are proud of our Money Zone programme and the difference it makes in giving these students a good grounding in their financial education.’’
Manchester Metro Bank CSR, Sandra Monteiro added: “The kids were fascinated with the behind the scenes tour and loved meeting Metro Man – they all wanted a selfie with him. We are very excited to be going back to Abbott Community Primary School in September to teach the new set of year 4 students.’’
Any schools or groups interested in Money Zone can contact their local Metro Bank store for more information. Metro Bank’s Manchester store is located at 45 Market Street, Manchester, M1 1WR. The store is open Monday – Saturday 8:30am - 6pm. Sunday: 11am - 5pm. Manchester 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.