Tara Maynard, financial adviser in PM+M’s wealth management team, is passionate about helping young people understand more about money and as a result has taken the steps to become an ‘education champion’.
‘Education champions’ are professional members of the Personal Finance Society who are committed to giving something back to their local communities.
Through the ‘My Personal Finance Skills’ programme, a pro bono initiative delivering financial education workshops to schools and colleges, ‘education champions’ deliver workshops and advice to students to provide them with a better understanding of money and skills to support them in later life. The programme aims to be the largest of its type in the UK.
Financial education workshops
The ‘My Personal Finance Skills’ programme offers schools free workshops covering elements of financial education to school with themes relevant to their life stage, including my future finances, understanding your first payslip and understanding attitude to risk.
‘Education champions’ deliver an initial set of four education workshops, created in collaboration with ‘Young Money’, a trusted financial education provider who has supported schools, colleges and universities for over 15 years.
There is also the opportunity for ‘education champions’ to carry out 30-minute talks, something which Tara has recently been delivering via Zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions, allowing schools to provide opportunities for all pupils to have access to financial education, including topics such as personal finance basics and identity theft and schemes.
Tara said, “My position as an education champion allows me to give back to the community. I am dedicated to passing on my knowledge of finance to the next generation and helping them understand more about money. Maybe some of them will even be inspired to become a financial adviser in the future!”