Appeal for support
SERVICES ARE UNDER STRAIN
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.
Linda Jenkins with counsellor Matt Fromson.