< Programmes and Campaigns

Banking with Who?

Supporting students to choose more ethical bank accounts
Signup for 2021/2022

About

This campaign seeks to engage college and sixth-form students to consider sustainability when opening their first bank account.

Many of our banks still pour huge amounts of money into destructive industries like fossil fuels and weapons, however it could be used as a force for good instead - check out our video below for background!

Workshop for colleges and sixth-forms

We are offering a free workshop aimed at college and sixth-forms to engage students on the area.

Overview

The session will look at the history of banks, the current issues with our banking system and what we can do about it. We’ll explore some of the harmful practices that big corporate banks are involved with, and look at examples where banks or similar institutions are doing things differently.

Students will get the chance to think about what they consider when choosing a bank account and look at how to spot a more ethical bank. We have also published a complementary student-friendly guide on the area.

Dates

We are looking to deliver workshops during the 2020/21 summer term and 2021/22 autumn term until December 2021 when our funding for the campaign ends.

Duration

Suggested length of two hours (including breaks). However, we can be flexible to meet your requirements e.g. condensing slightly or splitting the workshop into halves over different weeks.

Format

Virtual and delivered by two SOS-UK facilitators. We hope to also recruit student ambassadors for the campaign who can be involved in delivering future workshops.

Find out more

Please contact us if you are a college or sixth-form wanting to express an interest in hosting a workshop.

Student ambassadors

Are you are a student interested in getting more involved in the campaign and promoting ethical banking to others?

We are looking for ambassadors to help promote the campaign. Some things you could get involved in include:

  • Persuading your college or sixth-form to host a workshop (for example, this could be through your students' union or relevant course tutors)
  • Spreading the campaign message on social media
  • Supporting us in delivering workshops to other students e.g. you could share your own experience/learnings as part of this to the group
  • Other ideas you have are welcome!

Please get in touch to find out more!

Resources

We have a produced a few resources, which are free for everyone to use.

Guide

A six-page banking guide for students: https://www.sos-uk.org/resources-file/banking-with-who-guide

Video

A video (3.5mins) giving an overview of the campaign, including some of the issues and possible solutions: https://youtu.be/EDmL4EN0oyQ

The video is also hosted on the more ethical PeerTube platform; and freely downloadable in offline formats.

Digital promotion

We have produced a guide to support outreach on social media: https://sos-uk.webo.family/index.php/s/sd6Eoz7qWGaj3Ex

Branding, student guide design and video animation done by Paper Rhino.

Get involved

Signup for 2021/2022

Get in touch if you are a college or sixth-form expressing an interest in hosting a workshop; or a student wanting to become an ambassador for the campaign

Ask your college/sixth-form to book our banking workshop

Encourage your college or sixth-form to book our free workshop which will support students in choosing a more ethical bank account. You could also become a student ambassador for the campaign!