Barclays Money Skills and the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) have launched a set of resources aimed at helping people with learning disabilities manage their finances.
‘Banking made clear’ includes a comprehensive guide, a quick guide and a DVD offering information about opening and using a bank account, budgeting, spending and saving, and where to go for help and advice.
Also available is a volunteer activity pack which enables Barclays employees to share their money management skills with people who have learning difficulties in their local communities.
‘Banking made clear’ was launched on Wednesday at a reception hosted by Mark Garnier MP, a member of the UK’s Treasury Select Committee, at the House of Commons in London.
Also in attendance were representatives from the Department of Health and charities supporting those who have learning disabilities, such as Mencap.
Mark McLane, Barclays Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, addressed delegates at the launch event: “Our commitment to supporting people who have disabilities is a key element of our Diversity Charter, which aims to make a positive impact for our customers, employees, shareholders, and communities. The new resource will ensure that people with learning difficulties are supported to build their financial understanding, skills and confidence to better manage their money.”
‘Banking made clear’ was developed based on the needs and experiences of people with learning disabilities. It also received support from non-profit organisations such as Somerset Advocacy, Time4People and Our Way in Kidderminster.
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