We are thrilled that our NatWest Thrive programme developed in partnership with Marcus Rashford, and young people has been recognised at this year’s Charity Times Awards. The programme was successfully piloted last year and has helped hundreds of young people across the UK to develop a positive money mindset – gaining the skills and confidence to take control of their futures.

NatWest Thrive comprises a range of activities, games and discussions under three module headings: Owning Your Vision, Money Mindset and Money Talk designed to broaden young people’s horizons, build their confidence and give them a grounding in how money works.

Research commissioned by NatWest earlier this year revealed that just under half of 16 -21 year olds (48%) felt they lacked knowledge when it comes to saving money, and three quarters (75%) were worried about the cost-of-living crisis impacting their finances, proving that NatWest Thrive is needed more than ever.

Thanks to the generosity of NatWest we have been able to double the number of clubs delivering the NatWest Thrive programme this year.

Leigh Middleton, National Youth Agency Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This award demonstrates the positive ways fantastic partnerships can help provide more opportunities for young people. We’re immensely proud that our five-year partnership with NatWest Group was nominated for a Charity Times Award in the category of ‘Corporate National Partnership of the Year with a Financial Institution’ recognising a unique opportunity for young people and the youth sector.

“Together with NatWest we aim to catalyse a generational change in young people’s futures. This nomination celebrates the amazing impact the NatWest Thrive programme has already achieved to transform young people’s life chances and help them to thrive in their future lives.”

Tiger Mclean-Parkinson, NatWest Thrive graduate and guest, explained:

“Being invited to an event like The Charity Times Awards really is a mind-blowing experience for me not only because I’ve never been invited to an event like this but the whole experience – travelling to London, staying in a hotel and wearing a smart suit. I don’t often get to do things like this so when I get the opportunity it is always appreciated and enjoyable.”

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