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Wayne's story

Wayne moved to Walthamstow from Jamaica when he was a child and has four children. It can be difficult to recruit fathers to family learning projects, and Wayne is helping our team to get more dads at his school involved with Made of Money.
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My wife used to drop the kids at school and one day she said to me, "Do you want to go to Made of Money?" What they do is literally to let you know how to manage your money situation. A lot of people have problems with bills or they owe money - credits cards, whatever, mortgages or rent. Just simply managing money.

At the first session no one wanted to talk because everyone thought they're the only one in that situation. But as soon as everyone started talking, people would say 'oh my God, you're in the same situation!' and then people started to relate. And being the only man, it was just a laugh, because I'm quite outspoken, quite confident, and it was nice to have that feel. That's why I decided to get male parents involved in doing what we do in this.

The company I was working for closed down last year, so that's why I've been able to get involved in so many different activities. I see a lot of people and I talk to a lot of people who are out of work and they get so depressed, because they're not doing anything.  'I was working for twenty years! I got nothing now.' But you gotta fill up that gap.

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