Financial knowhow for children
There’s a saying about people who volunteer: they don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, Elaine Donnelly, Lloyds Bank Manager, Consett Pool, has been balancing her challenging job with home-schooling her two children. Yet somehow she is also finding time to help colleagues and people in her local community.
Pre-lockdown, Elaine had been working with colleagues Bryan Fenwick and Jon Craib to deliver Financial Capability sessions to over 600 children so far this year. She’s been determined not to let the current situation prevent them from helping other children, so found a way to run the sessions virtually.
Initially Elaine started piloting sessions with her colleagues’ children, which went down really well. Since then, Elaine has been in touch with some of the local schools in her area to find a way of supporting teachers looking after the children of key workers, by delivering the online sessions to those in school.
She is also thinking about how the initiative can be scaled up, and has run a virtual coaching session for senior bank managers in the North area – talking through the Financial Capability training packs and how they can deliver the sessions themselves. The response has been fantastic, and Elaine hopes that they’ll soon see more colleagues taking part.
As a Mam, I hoped to alleviate the pressure that we all put ourselves under and give parents a break from home-schooling for an hour. These sessions are so rewarding to deliver and the feedback I have had from the parents and children has been amazing.