Leven man praised for anti-poverty campaign

Gerard McEneany
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A Leven man who works with ex-offenders and young people at risk has been recognised for his “outstanding contribution” by the Bank of Scotland.

Gerard McEneany, head of operations at Apex Scotland, used the bank’s Money for Life programme to help young people gain the skills and confidence to manage their money better.

Gerard organised for 30 members of staff from Aberdeen, Alloa, Dumfries and Stranraer to complete Money for Life qualifications.

Working with around 2000 clients, many of them battling debt, bad credit ratings and illegal money lenders, the training resulted in staff being able to offer free, accurate advice and guidance.

Gerard said: “I was absolutely delighted to be recognised in this way and would like to take the opportunity to thank Bank of Scotland’s Money for Life programme and all involved in supporting this initiative.”

In particular I would like to express my gratitude to Colin Buchanan at College Development Network and all the trainers who supported our staff. Their efforts have made a huge difference to the lives of many of our clients.”

For more information visit www.moneyforlifeprogramme.org.uk

His “outstanding contribution” to the programme was officially recognised at

On Wednesday 23 October, College Development Network hosted an event at its headquarters in Stirling, celebrating the positive impact that local people involved in Bank of Scotland’s Money for Life programme have had on communities across Scotland.

Money for Life is a personal money management programme, aimed at

In Scotland, local communities have participated in the Money for Life programme in various ways, such as completing fully-funded training qualifications and taking part in the Money for Life Challenge for 16 to 24 year olds.

Gerard McEneany, Head of Operations at Apex Scotland, an organisation that works with ex-offenders and young people at risk to give them the skills needed to change their behaviour, was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Money for Life programme.

The event was attended by Allison Barnes of the Money Advice Service, John Henderson, Chief Executive of College Development Network and Colleges Scotland and Thomas Sands, Money for Life Challenge Ambassador in Scotland.

Sarah Porretta, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “The aim of the Money for Life Programme is to embed money skills in communities across the country to help them prosper, so we decided the time was right to mark the amazing impact the programme has had across Scotland. Since the programme started in 2010, through our partners we have trained over 2,400 people to teach personal money management to communities while engaging over 600 organisations across the UK.

“Through the Money for Life Challenge, we have awarded more than 350 grants of £500 to teams of young people to develop innovative projects that make a lasting impact on improving their own money management skills, as well as their friends and families.

“It is important to take a moment to reflect on the positive influence that the Money for Life Programme has made, and I’m excited to see the impact it will continue to make around the country.”

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