This February half-term, colleagues at Yorkshire Building Society branches in Bolton and Blackburn are holding events to help children get to grips with important financial skills such as keeping money safe and budgeting.

The Blackburn branch, on King William Street, will be hosting a drop-in event on 14th February, between 10.30am and 1.00pm. The Bolton branch, on Mealhouse Lane, will be hosting an event on Monday, 19th February between 10am and 2pm.

Visitors to the events will be able to participate in the Society’s Money Minds sessions delivered by colleagues which are suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years old.

Money Minds is a free financial education programme consisting of a series of activities and projects designed to promote discussion and share learning among children and young people of all ages and abilities.

Clare Smalley, branch manager at Yorkshire Building Society in Bolton and Blackburn, said: “We know holidays can be an expensive time for parents, so we wanted to offer some fun and free activities for children.

“Learning how to effectively manage finances is a vital life skill. We really want to engage children and adults in the area to start conversations about money and the sessions will enable them to test and expand their understanding of money through our activities. 

“We’re committed to supporting our communities by teaching financial education and hope that our Money Minds programme will help to improve financial wellbeing in the long-term in our area.”

Money Minds lessons are delivered by Yorkshire Building Society colleagues as part of the Society’s award-winning corporate volunteering scheme, which allocates each employee 31 hours paid leave every year to carry out volunteering in local communities.

Topics range from keeping money safe for ages five to seven, planning a party to learn budgeting skills for children aged eight to 11, up to calculating interest and responsibilities to repay loans for older children.

Last year Yorkshire Building Society colleagues delivered over 1,000 Money Minds and Career Minds lessons.

More information about Money Minds including details on how to sign up a school for a lesson can be found at www.ybs.co.uk/your-society/money-minds .