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Talk Money Week encouraging open conversations about finances

03 November 2021
Derry City and Strabane District Council are supporting Talk Money Week, an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the Money and Pensions Service to encourage everyone to open up about their money and pensions.
Held from the 8th to 12th November, Talk Money Week aims to reduce the stigma around money by encouraging conversations among families, friends, neighbours, customers, colleagues, and communities.
Talk Money Week is also an annual opportunity to celebrate the work that organisations like Derry City and Strabane District Council are doing to support the long-term UK Strategy for Financial Wellbeing, launched by the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS) in 2020 with support from stakeholders across the UK, which has ambitious ten-year goals to help everyone make the most of their money and pensions.
Throughout the week there will be activity in the Council area to get more people talking about personal finance issues, and engaging with topics such as saving regularly, planning for retirement, dealing with debt, and teaching children and young people about managing money.
A Financial Wellbeing and Mental Health Wellbeing event will be held on Tuesday 9th November with Janine Maher, MaPS, Siobhan O'Neill, Mental Health Champion, Alchemy Technologies Service CFO, John Colwell, and Lee Williamson, who will share his personal experiences of mental health issues during financial hardship. You can register for your place at https://bit.ly/3jVl4rq
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, said: "Talking openly about money can have a huge impact on tackling money worries, and is important for our overall health and relationships so I'm delighted that our Council area will be part of Talk Money Week.
"The impact of Covid-19 has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money to look after our financial wellbeing.
"I'd encourage everyone to get involved in Talk Money Week and to check out the website for lots of useful information."
Caroline Siarkiewicz, Chief Executive at the Money and Pensions Service added: "As we continue to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, financial wellbeing remains key to the UK's recovery: a financially healthy nation is good for individuals, communities, business, and the economy. Talk Money Week provides a key opportunity for the nation to break the taboo of discussing money and finances. We are pleased to see so many organisations encouraging conversations about money - from pocket money to pensions - to help people across the country make better informed and more positive decisions about their finances."
For more information on Talk Money Week visit www.maps.org.uk/talk-money-week/