Introducing GEMAP Charity. Formed 1994. Traditional Money Advice service Geographically bound First 8 or 9 years established organisation and sank our roots within East End communities.
Reflecting Period of reflection How could we do better Should we be doing something different Forth bridge Revolving door for clients Accident and emergency service Community consultation
Listening Prevention Education Flexible Bite size chunks Lottery and Scottish Executive as was GEMAP Financial education programme To develop community based interventions and solutions to financial exclusion.
Some success Mothers group Debt free Christmas EVIP Group Schools Community Financial Action Plan Stoke patients
Growing All of that success was built on listing to the communities we worked in. Was a key driver in building the organisation Employment Health Housing Education New areas.
The world has changed. EVERYBODY HAS A STRATEGY. Proliferation of resources particularly on line. New technology.
Threats and Opportunities Community based organisations cede ground to statutory organisations strategic vision. Top down rather than bottom up Disconnect with our communities. To integrate on going work with strategies Raises awareness Financial capability and inclusion is a priority
The Challenge To build sustainable financial capability and inclusion within communities.
Schools Welcome the CFE resource material for teachers. Financial education within the Curriculum. What then if any is the role of a community financial inclusion project within the local school. Do we have one? Absolutely yes
Community Educators Supporting teachers? Delivering sessions? Working with small groups of students? Engaging with the next generation of consumers