Rampart Rebels in the running for top prize at Money for Life Challenge UK Grand Final
Young people from Swansea are travelling to Central London to present their money management projects to an audience of over 150 and battle it out to win the UK Grand Final of Lloyds TSB’s Money for Life Challenge.
The team of trainees from the Employment Training Centre in Swansea, who are aged between 16 and 19, won the People’s Prize at last month’s Wales Final of the prestigious national competition, which challenges young people to devise innovative projects to improve the money management skills of their local community.
They beat off stiff competition from around the country by impressing the public with their Rampart Rebels project which they set up after securing a £500 grant from the Money for Life Challenge earlier this year. The team aimed to raise public awareness about loan sharks operating in Swansea.
Now it’s crunch time for the youngsters as they take on rival teams from England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland at the ceremony at London Film Museum on London’s Southbank on Thursday 23 May. The young people will be asked to step up to the challenge by showcasing their project to an audience of over 150, who will then vote for an overall People’s Prize winner on the day of the Grand Final.
Tara Lewis, from Rampart Rebels, says: “We’re really excited about heading to London next week and are looking forward to presenting our project to the audience. We’ve all gained really valuable skills being part of the Money for Life Challenge and it’s been great to be able to help our community.”
Sarah Willingham, investor and personal finance expert hosting the Grand Final, says: “Money management is such an important skill, so seeing young people learning and teaching others about it is really refreshing. I’m extremely impressed with the level of creativity and passion these youngsters have demonstrated through their Money for Life Challenge projects –they have all made the subject fun and interesting and it’s great to see them sharing their knowledge. I’m really looking forward to seeing them at the Grand Final next week and wish them all the very best of luck!”
If the young people are successful next week, Rampart Rebels will win the chance to work with a Lloyds Banking Group mentor who will help them to continue putting their inspiring money saving ideas into action.
Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, says: “We’re so proud of all of the finalists for successfully making money management fun and inspiring and changing lives in their communities. It’s a delight to be able to harness such creativity and we’ve been so impressed by all the young people’s enthusiasm and energy.
“The Money for Life Programme is all about spreading money management know-how among communities across the UK and equipping young people with the financial understanding they need to fulfil their potential. Rampart Rebels are playing a huge role in helping us achieve this, so I want to thank them for all their commitment so far, and wish them the very best of luck at our UK Grand Final next week.”
Rampart Rebels will be competing against other People’s Prize finalists; Savvy Savers from Coventry, England; Less Dash/More Cash from County Down, Northern Ireland and Glamping on a budget from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Money for Life Challenge is part of the Money for Life programme, a unique partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and further education sector partners in the four nations of the UK, including CollegesWales and National Training Federation for Wales in Wales. The competition aims to find the most successful and innovative ways to improve the money management skills of learners, their friends, families and communities. Team members are between 16 and 24 years old and in further education, work based learning or adult community learning.
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