News & Views News The NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund - Vote for Us! We're excited to let you know that the Campaign for Learning's Family Fortunes hub project is shortlisted with a chance to win a grant of up to £35,000 from the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund.The public vote is now open and we need your support!Our shortlisted project will help families in Birmingham develop new skills and knowledge to improve their lives, particularly in the areas of managing their personal finance -- helping families get access to good financial advice and specialist debt support before they reach crisis point. Vote for us in three easy steps! 1. Go to http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote2. Choose the Midlands and East Region3. Vote for the Campaign for Learning You can see more about the Family Fortunes project and all the other shortlisted projects too!The deadline for voting is Friday 10th November. What happens next? After the public vote, the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund Regional Boards will make the final decision. About our Family Finance work Working with families to grow their financial capabilities through lifelong learning is an increasingly important part of our work. The new economic realities of increased cost of living, wage stagnation and low wages mean many families are under pressure. Nearly one in three children are growing up in poverty. This, combined with policy changes to the way benefits are paid, means good financial management and understanding how to access advice is crucial for families if they are to avoid crises.Our family finance work is based on three principles: it is preventative, family focused and supports intermediaries that can make a difference on the ground. It uses a theory of change that promotes the importance of financial champions. The home environment is a strong influence on how and what we learn about finance. By age 7, children's attitudes to money are formed. To deliver family finance, we use a family learning pedagogy which supports both adults and children to develop positive financial behaviours and attitudes.