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One of the young mothers mentored by Barclays volunteers in Portugal.

One of the young mothers mentored by Barclays volunteers in Portugal.

Barclays employees in Portugal have mentored young mothers from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them develop the skills needed to manage their finances effectively and to find employment.

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The most pleasing feedback is that Contas à Vida was recognised by the participants as the best-in-class when compared to the other workshops they took part in
Isabel Oliveira Lourenço, Credit Risk Control

Employees from the Risk team in Retail and Business Banking (RBB) are among a group of 10 supporting the charity Ajuda de Mãe in its mission to support new parents who are at risk of social exclusion, or have been unemployed for a significant period of time.

As part of the Contas à Vida Money Skills programme, the team delivered weekly workshops in Lisbon, aimed at helping improve beneficiaries’ financial literacy.

Colleagues from Human Resources are also supporting Ajuda de Mãe, supplementing the money management workshops with training on writing a CV, identifying personal competencies and interview skills.

Isabel Oliveira Lourenço, Credit Risk Control, is leading Barclays partnership with Ajuda de Mãe.

Isabel commented on the success of the volunteering programme: “The participants’ comments have been wonderful. They are actively involved and recognised the importance of the themes raised in the presentation.

“The most pleasing feedback is that Contas à Vida was recognised by the participants as the best-in-class when compared to the other workshops they took part in.”

A total of 15 young mothers benefited from the Contas à Vida workshops.

Barclays encourages employees to give their time, energy and skills to support the next generation to develop enterprise, money management and life skills, helping them realise their full economic potential and be of benefit to themselves, their community and the wider economy.

 
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