change:matters is an important new programme that is educating and upskilling young carers across the UK on the topic of money and family finances. Watch the video above and read on for more information about the project – including access to artwork produced by our participants.
change:matters is funded by The Chartered Accountants’ Livery Charity.
Additional support has been provided by Network for Social Change and The Worshipful Company of World Traders.
There are an estimated 800,000 young carers in the UK. A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after a family member – or friend – who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Following a survey of 1,400 young carers in 2016, The Children’s Society reported that young carers said that they would like to have more information on budgeting their finances, managing their money and understanding the benefits system.
Young carers said that the practical responsibilities of managing the family’s finances often fall to them, including: going to the bank; managing the whole family’s finances; paying bills; shopping around to reduce food bills; and taking on a job to supplement the family income.
We designed change:matters to address this pressing need. Its innovative approach combines literacy, financial learning and the creative arts to enable young carers to become more confident around the money-related issues that affect their lives.
The initiative combines our 14 years of experience working with young carers with our 11 years of experience delivering impactful financial literacy programmes.
Through change:matters, young carers learn about money in the home including saving, budgeting, needs versus wants and planning for the future. By employing the creative arts, the programme also offers an interactive, fun, creative way to enable them to develop social skills, confidence and resilience.
Expected outputs (each year)
Click below to meet the artists running the change:matters workshops, and to see the artworks our participants have created so far.