#EasyMoney Factsheets

In 2017-18, Mencap Liverpool received one of three Innovation Grants from the Money Advice Trust

Our members had been telling us for some time, that they were finding it hard to manage their money.  We were seeing lots of people get into financial trouble and so we wanted to do something.

We looked for resources about money, but we found that most information designed for people with a learning disability was aimed at people with more severe learning disability, who had other people to help them look after their bills.

This information didn’t help people who had no support to manage their money.

Using the Innovation grant, we spent a year working with our members and Lisa and Elaine from Raise, to design a series of workshops.  The workshop programme was 8 weeks long and it was designed to help people learn about managing their money.  We ran the workshops four times to test them and make sure they worked.  Two of the members who took part, then volunteered as peer mentors on the following workshop programmes.

Sophie’s Easy Money Blog

Phil’s Easy Money Blog

As well as the workshops, we designed a set of Easy Read fact sheets.  The fact sheets cover the topics included in the workshops:

Budgeting

Banking

Bills

Benefits

Borrowing and Saving

Members Top Tips

The factsheets and workshop materials are freely available for anyone to use.  You can download them in sections, using the links below.  You’re welcome to use them, but please let us know if you find them useful and please don’t change them without checking with us first.

We think they’ll work well, not just for people with a learning disability, but also people with mental health difficulties, people with lower literacy and numeracy skills and people for whom English is a second language.

Check them out below!

#EASYMONEY FACT SHEET 1. Budgeting

#EASYMONEY FACT SHEET 2. Banking

#EASYMONEY FACT SHEETS 3. Benefits

#EASYMONEY FACT SHEETS 4. Bills

#EASYMONEY FACT SHEET 5. Borrowing and Saving

#EASYMONEY FACT SHEETS 6. Members Top Tips

 

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