Getting to grips with pounds and pence



Goldcrest House service users getting to grips with money matters.
Goldcrest House service users getting to grips with money matters.

Service users at Goldcrest House get to grips with money matters during a managing money and budgeting skills lesson.


Paying bills, keeping to budgets and learning the skill of keeping a little money; let’s face it keeping on top of and understanding day to day finances can be quite a complex task for most of us never mind if you are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.


The lesson was designed to help service users understand what money looks and feels like, how to keep it safe, and how to make the most of it through planning ahead for shopping trips.


Eileen Smale, activities coordinator at Goldcrest House says: “It’s incredibly important that our service users understand how to manage their money. Simple tasks like looking for a better deal, keeping money safe and secure, paying the right price and receiving the right change is something we all take for granted. But when affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder these situations and tasks can become confusing and stressful which can lead to them losing out.”


The managing money and budgeting lesson are designed to help service users recognise coins and notes and understand the value as well as learning how to control their money independently.


Based on Boothferry Road Goldcrest House is a centre of excellence dedicated to addressing the individual needs of adults over 18 affected by Autistic Spectrum Disorder and learning difficulties. It provides residential care, supported living, long and short term respite care, day services and outreach to meet the varied needs of those who access the service 52 weeks a year; its aim is to be the UK’s quality service of choice.   


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