Lightening man stops loan sharks in their tracks!

TLC college, based in Wolverhampton has been working with the England Illegal Money Lending Team to warn learners to avoid loan sharks. The college were awarded a proceeds of crime grant to work on a short story book which would help communities, where English isn’t their first language, know how to spot and report a loan shark.

The book tells the story of Hawa who hopes to get some new trainers for her birthday. Her father looks at different ways to pay for them when he is offered a loan by a Loan Shark. Quick as a flash Lightening Man comes to his aid and tells him the problems he will encounter if he does – the loan is refused and the family is saved from the Loan Shark!

The book is available in English and will be translated into Kurdish, Polish and Arabic. It has been illustrated by Angela Vives and brings the story to life so parents reading it to their children will get a powerful anti loan shark message.

Mahmood Khan (Chief Executive) said

“The Loan Shark project has sparked a lot of interest at TLC College and we are grateful for everyone’s support, including our young scouts and adult ESOL learners who helped develop the characters in the book and our very own tutor Donna David who has served up such a fantastic read. With the book parents can read the story alongside their children and talk about money issues and the need to plan for any spending. Both will understand that loan sharks should be avoided and that there is help out there if they have borrowed from one. We also use the book within our college and young migrant learners get a fun lesson which helps with their English as well as understanding that loan sharks are illegal and should be avoided”.

Tony Quigley Head of England Illegal Money Lending Team said

“This kind of book is invaluable for us and really helps us get our message out amongst communities who may traditionally not be aware of loan sharks and the impact they can have. By partnering with TLC College we have been able to reach a wider demographic and we know that this book will used as a resource for some time to come not only locally but with our network of partners across England”.

The book can be downloaded at : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AgVZ4v5V4afzvX2yFraOKCmgPHA-h4bP?usp=drive_link