• 20 August 2018

CAP Money Student Course teaches vital money lessons

CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Centre Manager, James Myles, introduces the CAP Money Student Course which will run in East Belfast in early September. This will be the third time it has run in the diocese.

The transition from school to university can be one of the most challenging any young person will face in their lives, especially when it comes to them realising that they now have financial independence. Shifting from managing weekly ‘pocket money’ to handling lump sums in their thousands would be a challenge for anyone, never mind a student. The CAP Money Student Course is designed to help with that transition.

The CAP Money Course is a money management course that teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash–based money system that really works. Students face one of the biggest budgeting challenges out there: an irregular income of termly loans/grants, long summer holidays with no guaranteed income, house and bills sharing, negotiating student loans and overdrafts. There are also a lot of temptations vying to help part them from their money.

The CAP Money Student Course is a short and practical course that will help students keep control of their finances while they are at university. It teaches the CAP Money Management System alongside vital information about student debt.  It also provides information on choosing the best student bank account, how to work out and live on a budget, reducing expenditure, cost–saving tips and planning for the future. Those who attend the course also get access to the invaluable online CAP budgeting system, which will enable them to manage their finances and flag up any potential dangers for the duration of their student lives.

Here are some comments following the first two courses:

CAP Money
CAP Money
“The nicest part of learning the CAP Money course is that I finally feel like I am in control of the money rather than it being in control of me. The three account system made it so much easier to work out what was going on, and because of it, I have been able to half my student loan!” – (N)

“The best thing about the CAP Money Course is the ease of which it will help me to keep track of where my money is going; this will enable me to manage my money which is vital when you are a student!” (L)

“The course has encouraged me to assess my finances more honestly.  The CAP budgeting system will be invaluable in the years to come.” (P)

From a parent: “It was the best thing my daughter did before going to Uni.  She even has money left after her first year!” (E)

The CAP Money Student Course is being facilitated by East & South Belfast churches.  It is being held on 4–5 September at Willowfield Parish Church Halls, 290 Woodstock Road, Belfast.  It begins at 7.30pm and ends at 9.00pm. 

To register for a place, log on to capmoney.org, select ‘UK’ and enter the postcode BT6 8FE. 

There is no charge for attending the course but participants need to be available for both evenings. 

For further details please email jamesmyles@capuk.org or phone 07599 379839.