Ap­peal for sup­port

SER­VICES ARE UN­DER STRAIN

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ANGLI­CARE has launched its Spring Ap­peal to high­light the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple seek­ing fi­nan­cial coun­selling.

The Spring Ap­peal en­cour­ages peo­ple to do­nate to Angli­care to en­able it to con­tinue to sup­port dis­ad­van­taged mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Be­tween July and De­cem­ber last year, Angli­care’s fi­nan­cial ser­vices re­ceived more than 6000 re­quests for help from around the metropoli­tan area.

Coun­sel­lors as­sisted clients with is­sues in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, mort­gage prob­lems, per­sonal fi­nan­cial cri­sis, dif­fi­culty pay­ing for util­i­ties and es­sen­tials, debt and spend­ing be­hav­iour.

South­east metro ser­vices man­ager Linda Jenk­ins said util­ity costs had in­creased, putting more of a bur­den on strug­gling house­holds.

“Util­ity bills seem to be a con­cern. Some peo­ple who are un­der-em­ployed or they’ve had shifts cut or are un­em­ployed are let­ting util­ity bills ac­cu­mu­late be­cause they have other pri­or­i­ties for their money,” she said.

“They’re let­ting util­i­ties de­te­ri­o­rate and they can’t af­ford to pay it.”

Ms Jenk­ins said early in­ter­ven­tion was the best course of ac­tion for any­one strug­gling fi­nan­cially. She urged peo­ple to do­nate. “A small do­na­tion can re­ally help, be­cause if ev­ery­one makes a small do­na­tion, that can be­come quite a pow­er­ful thing,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d473633

Linda Jenk­ins with coun­sel­lor Matt From­son.

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