Workshop Lead Facilitator

RedSTART is a charity that is helping the next generation achieve financial security by educating primary children about how money works.

Financial habits are learned early in life and when bad habits become ingrained, they can have long-lasting negative impacts and lead to a range of problems. The current cost of living crisis will impact these children further. Educating children about how money works can help to remove this key barrier to social mobility and make a real difference to their financial outcomes in adulthood.

A financial skills gap

Evidence highlights that financial literacy levels in the UK that are low and falling. There appears to be a significant gap between the financial skills of children in disadvantaged areas in comparison to their peers in advantaged areas.

"Our study shows that the financial skills of disadvantaged children, who are just about to leave secondary school, are similar to those children from advantaged backgrounds who have just joined secondary school."

Professor John Jerrim, UCL Social Research Institute

RedSTART equips children with real-life financial skills

That's where RedSTART comes in. Since 2012, RedSTART has helped over 45,000 children in schools across the UK to achieve better financial futures. Their play-based, experiential approach to learning provides children with basic monetary knowledge and equips them with the real-life skills required to better manage their financial futures.

"Being involved in delivering a RedSTART lesson was an uplifting experience in so many ways. The thing that stood out for me was that every child felt able to participate fully in the activities which formed the lesson regardless of their confidence with numbers."

Christine Scott, ICAS Head of Charities and Pensions and RedSTART volunteer

RedSTART is seeking volunteers to help deliver their financial education workshops to their Newcastle-based programme schools.

RedSTART Workshop Lead Facilitator

Lead facilitators are responsible for overseeing the session and delivering the main learning content in between activities. There is usually just 1 lead facilitator per session.


No experience is necessary to become a RedSTART facilitator, just so long as you have an interest in education, financial education or a financial background.

RedSTART's workshops are delivered throughout the school year, and volunteers are required to commit to attending at least one 3-hour workshop.

Volunteers will work alongside qualified teachers from the schools involved.

Most RedSTART workshops take place at RedSTART's partner schools. Most are within a 20-minute journey of central Newcastle, and RedSTART do their best to match you with a school that is closest to you.

RedSTART delivers their Year 6 workshops (during the Summer Term) at local corporate offices. This raises the pupil's aspirations, giving them the opportunity to ask questions to colleagues in variety of roles and see what office life is like.


  • Age restrictions
    16+ (if volunteers are school pupils and are accompanied by a staff member who is also trained and can accompany students to deliver resources as the Lead facilitator. 18+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Ongoing support
    You will be fully supported by a RedSTART contact throughout the process.
  • Training provided
    Lead facilitator (3 hours): - Online training videos - volunteers are free to complete in their own time (45 minutes) - In-person lead facilitator training - The next training sessions will be held in Autumn 2022
  • Volunteer induction
    Full training is provided prior to the facilitator’s allocated workshop(s):
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 06/06/2022

End Date: 01/08/2023

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Availability Details

RedSTART will require volunteers at concentrated times throughout the 2022/23 academic year, and initially between November 1st – mid December 2022.

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