Calderdale’s hard up youngsters to get a finance guru

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Young people in Calderdale who are “Sick of Being Skint” are to get help from Pennine Housing 2000.

The company has been promised £600,000 from the National Lottery over three years to help boost the financial confidence of people under the age of 24.

The grant will meet the cost of financial training and support for young social housing tenants and those likely to go into social housing. A small team will work alongside a range of partners to provide personal affordability checks when young people register for social housing and support once they become tenants.

Financial training will also be offered to selected schools and there will be road shows on estates and in rural areas giving practical financial advice as well as workshops on subjects such as cooking on a budget and furnishing a flat.

Young tenants will be encouraged to share information and advice with their peers on a range of money matters through YouTube and other social media.

The SOBS Channel will be lead by ‘Limehouse TV’ which will also train young tenants to film interviews, edit and upload thier content.

Together Housing Group chief executive Tom Miskell said: “We will improve the skills and confidence of young people to help them access and maintain a housing tenancy and become valuable members of their community.”

Also involved in the project are Calderdale Council, Calderdale CAB, Project Challenge, Limehouse TV, Barclays Money Skills ‘Champions’ project, the Money Advice Service, Debt Advice project, Positive Futures Calderdale and the Calderdale NEET Group.