TLD marches into…. March 

We are delighted to confirm that due to the huge interest we have received so far that we have released more complimentary courses for both practitioners and community organisations like yourselves as well as parents, carers and guardians. 

What is Talk, Learn, Do again? It’s a free course and set of learning materials to help parents/carers teach and talk to their children (aged 3-11) about money. 

How is it free? Talk, Learn, Do is designed, commissioned and funded by the Money and Pensions Service. 

What’s the point of this? If we can teach children about money it will hopefully help create healthy lifelong money habbits, help them understand what money is and how it is earned and help them to manage their money through the differentiation of need and want. Survey results have indicated that as a result of teaching children about money they are more likely to understand why parents are saying ‘No’ sometimes when they want something- we’ve all experienced the supermarket tantrum so why not try and empower local parents/carers! 

I would love to run this for the parents and carers of children that use my organisation but I just don’t have time! No bother- we know that capacity is an issue for many of us so we can train your parents, carers and your staff for you. There’s two separate courses however- one for practitioners and one for parents/carers.  

How long does it take? For practitioners it takes approximately 5-6 hours (this is because it is a Train-the-Practitioner style course with support and resources) and for parents/carers it’s only 2 hours long. 

What’s the delivery method? It’s fully flexible- we are training delegates using Zoom and MS Teams and so will you be able to, but when times are better you will also be able to deliver it in a face-to-face environment too. 

Great- how do I book? If you need any more info or want to discuss a tailor made plan to suit your organisation then please email or call Valerie on 07842602241. Alternatively feel free to go ahead and book using the links below: 

2 hour courses for parents/carers of 3-11 year olds (in Northern Ireland) only: 

1.    Mar 11th Multiple Events Reed in Partnership Events | Eventbrite


2.    Mar 12th, 10am-12 noon 


3.    Mar 15th, 7-9pm 


4.    16th March, 7pm-9pm 


5-6 hour Train-the-Practitioner courses for organisations that deliver services to parents, carers and guardians of children aged 3-11 and/or their children: 

1.    Mar 22- 25 March Train the Trainer 9:30 – 3 pm – Multiple Events 


2.    Mar 23rd Train the Trainer 9:30 – 3 pm – Multiple Events 


3.    Mar 24th Train the Trainer 9:30 – 3 pm – Multiple Events 


4.    Mar 25th Train the Trainer 9:30 – 3 pm – Multiple Events 




Children and Lockdown 


How are our children and young people coping during this lockdown? It’s a question many of us are beginning to ask more often. Yes, people are aware that it’s affecting our mental health, education and social life but let’s break it down into some pros and cons. 

Education is important for all children from primary level upwards and online learning can make this easier for some children as they won’t be stuck in a classroom all day. Over the last year we have seen some fantastic innovations from improvements to Zoom and MS Teams, extra resources being put on the likes of BBC Bite Size and even doing PE with Joe Wicks.  But we all know that online learning has its disadvantages- a screen alone will not be enough to motivate our children so adult supervision and interaction is still required in order to keep them engaged. 

Social media is more popular with our young people now more than ever now with platforms like Snapchat and TikTok very popular with older children and teenagers in particular. Many children are of course missing play time with their friends- and whilst many of our children are still engaging with their friends via social media and gaming platforms some children are excluded from this either from poverty, digital exclusion, age appropriateness controls and of course from childhood politics which may have moved from the playground to the online environment. 

We got in contact with some local schools to get some young peoples’ insights to surviving lockdown. Here are their stories: 


How I’m dealing with lockdown and remote learning – Emma 

I’m finding the whole lockdown situation very strange as I’m missing spending time with my family and friends. I miss seeing them face-to-face and spending quality time with them. Even though I can talk to them on the phone via calls or Face-time, it just isn’t the same. 

I really miss the routine of my normal school day and chatting to my school friends and face-to face teaching. I find it challenging doing the work at home myself when I don’t have the support of teachers there in person when I find something difficult to understand. I find Google Classroom easy enough to use although it can be challenging. I would definitely prefer to be having school work done in school. 

Even though my mum supports me with the Remote Learning, she can’t commit herself to helping me if and when I need it as she is a Keyworker and still is out working full time. My mum also says she would prefer me to be in a school environment with face-to-face teaching but we both understand there is a Global Pandemic going on at the minute and it is safer for me to be at home than school and safe and well.  


Coping with Lockdown and remote learning – Porscha 

Lockdown and online learning and it can be different for everyone, toddlers would need help with their work because they are young and would not understand how to use technology as well as primary school would need help with classwork.  


If you’re in high school the work can be especially hard to do without a teacher to help. It can be hard to ask for help because you might be embarrassed because someone bullies you for it but you should not worry about other people. 


 It can also affect mental health because you are not allowed out to exercise or see friends and can cause depression. It can help families talk more to each other but that is not always the case, some can cause arguments.  


The good thing is that you can go at your pace because you can sleep a little bit later and take breaks as you need them. It can also not be easy to do online learning because the wifi might be bad or you might not have a laptop.  


Some parents also work at home but cannot help their child because they have to do their own work.    


You can find more resources on how to support children during lockdown/ as it begins to ease at the following links: 

Womens Aid NI: Covid-19 resources for parents, children and young people 

Parenting NI: Resources for parents during the Covid-19 lockdown  

BBC Bitesize: Six Ways to support your children as lockdown eases 

NSPCC: Returning to school 

Little Dish: How can I support my child during the coronavirus pandemic?  


Fun stuff to help children learn about money 

In addition to our fantastic Talk, Learn, Do NI course there are some further supplementary ways to teach children about money. We have a look at a couple of our personal favourites: 



Free but in-app purchases apply. 

Bankaroo is a virtual bank for kids, where you can teach them about the value of money in a safe environment. Kids will learn how to budget, save up for goals and spend responsibly using our cool easy-to-use app and website. Created in 2011 by 11-year-old Dani, Bankaroo is helping hundreds of thousands of kids around the world manage their funds and become money-smart. You can download Bankaroo via Google Play, Apple App Store and Amazon Apps. 





Pigby’s Fair is ran by the NatWest banking group, the app works like a game, and is based on a village fair. Children or users manage their own stalls and make stock to “sell” to customers. There is strictly no in-app purchasing, so children cannot rack up large bills through buying extras. Users are allocated three stalls to start with, and given £5 (not real money) to start buying stock to sell to customers. Children can also set savings targets using the savings calculator, and browse items to decide what they want to save-up for next. The aim of the app is to teach children how to save and earn money. 






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Save money on your gas and electricity bills 

With spending more time at home, you are likely to be using more gas and electricity than usual. One way of saving some money is to shop around to get the best energy deal. 


Switching supplier can be quick, easy and hassle free. To support you in switching, The Consumer Council’s free, online independent energy price comparison tool can show you the best electricity and gas deals available and help you save some money. 


Start saving today by visiting 







Census packs are arriving

Look out for your census pack which will be arriving at households throughout Northern Ireland from the first week of March 2021 onwards. 

The census happens only once every ten years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in Northern Ireland. Next week all households in Northern Ireland will receive a census pack with details on how to complete.   

It will contain either an access code for you to complete online or a paper questionnaire. If you receive an online code you can request a paper questionnaire by phoning the contact centre. 

If you receive a paper questionnaire there will be a code at the top which will allow you to complete online. 

As soon as you receive your pack you can complete your census. 

To find out more visit or call us for free on 0800 328 2021. 

For updates follow us on Facebook and Twitter @NICensus2021 







Free Training And Learning Opportunities For Faith Based Groups 

A range of training, learning and networking opportunities for faith organisations are available between now and the end of March 2021 

Aimed at assisting faith based groups engaged in community development the training covers areas such as social media, governance, fundraising and understanding government. 

All are offered online and so are very accessible, and all are free to faith based groups.  

Fundraising: Unrestricted Funding and Fundraising - 16 March - 10am to 11.30am 

Fundraising: Grants & Trusts - 23 March - 10am to 11.30am 

NICVA 61 Duncairn Gardens Belfast BT15 2GB 

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