Young people win prestigious prize

Prize winners Sharon Clark, Roz McCurrach and Kathleen Ramsay of Starting Out celebrating at the UK Grand Final
Prize winners Sharon Clark, Roz McCurrach and Kathleen Ramsay of Starting Out celebrating at the UK Grand Final

Starting Out, a team of five young people from HMP Grampian Young Offenders Institute in Peterhead, have been named the People’s Prize 2015 winners at the prestigious Grand Final of Lloyds Banking Group’s Money for Life Challenge.

The challenge is a national competition to inspire better money management skills in local communities across the UK.

The team of 20 - 23 year olds were chosen to receive the People’s Prize by attendees at the event, including fellow Money for Life Challenge teams and invited guests.

Staff representatives from HMP Grampian accepted the award on the team’s behalf at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 28 in London at the London Film Museum.

Starting Out helps young offenders set up home after leaving custody, a time which can be challenging and expensive

The team took part in workshops where they learned how to up-cycle furniture and how to save and budget for the future.

The team delivered their project over a three month period earlier in the year having been awarded a £500 grant from Money for Life to put their ideas into action.

As winners of the 2015 People’s Prize, Starting Out was awarded £1,500 to give to a charity of their choice.

Kathleen Ramsay, Learning Centre Manager at HMP Grampian, said: “Winning the People’s Prize award at the Grand Final of the Money for Life Challenge is a wonderful surprise and I’m extremely proud of the team.

“The project has significantly helped them to build a new life for a better future.”

Kathleen added: “It has taught them new skills, and for some their first ever SQA qualification.”