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Salvos Help Coast Residents Get Finances Back On Track

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As part of ‘Anti-Poverty Week 2019’ The Salvation Army’s Moneycare financial counselling and capability service is again holding a free information day to help people on the road to financial wellbeing.

The head of Moneycare, Tony Devlin, is encouraging anyone interested or needing help managing their finances to attend at the Noosa ‘Dollar and Sense’ Event – 15 October 9:30- 1:30pm at the Tait-Duke Community Cottage, Earl Street Tewantin.

There will be information and support from local services, including a Moneycare stall with financial advisors there to answer all of your budgeting and financial questions.

Mr Devlin said residents can also catch up with The Salvation Army, Cnr Broadmeadows and Maroochydore Roads:

• Monday 14th October, 9am -12pm, Community Event
o Come and enjoy a free morning tea and learn more about Moneycare’s financial
counselling services. There will be free hearing tests by Hearing Australia.
• Wednesday 16th October, 7.30am –9am, Sunshine Coast Community Networking Breakfast
o Connect with other community service providers to share knowledge and listen to
some amazing success stories from clients. For breakfast catering purposes, please
RSVP: Debbie Robbie 0436353071 or Dianne Spencer 0403 142 326.

The Salvation Army is encouraging the community to reach out before hitting crisis point.

In 2018, around 130,000 people accessed Salvation Army financial assistance, with more than 16,000 receiving financial counselling.

Among these, the most rapidly increasing groups were Australians aged 18 to 24, as well as 65 and over.

“Moneycare counsellors can help with a range of issues including money management and information on how to reduce debt,” Mr Devlin said.

Mr Devlin says financial counsellors can provide options that are safer and more effective to risky forms of borrowing or going to commercial providers for help.

“Pay day loans, buy now pay later, and consumer leases (goods rental) are often acquired when people find themselves in financially vulnerable situations.  However, these arrangements will usually only worsen the problem,” Mr Devlin said.

“Moneycare financial counsellors can be powerful advocates. Not only can they help you address your current situation, they also can help you build longer term capability and resilience, so you can stay on top of your finances.”

Moneycare will be holding more than 30 financial wellbeing expos around Australia, as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

For more information or to contact The Salvation Army’s free and confidential Moneycare service, please call 02 9633 5011 or visit salvos.org.au/moneycare to find your nearest service.

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