Little disruption to financial services
THIRTEEN of the 14 branches that will offer free financial counselling services under a new model announced last year are up and running.
The new model announced last November features a consortium of 10 organisations led by Anglicare WA and UnitingCare West.
They will deliver counselling services from 14 metropolitan locations including Joondalup, Rockingham, Manning and Armadale.
The final service will open in Victoria Park in February.
Financial support has remained available in Cockburn and Fremantle throughout the transition period.
Mark Glasson, Anglicare WA’s executive general manager of service operations, said the public had not been deterred from seeking help.
“Thus far the model has been highly successful,” he said.
“The demand for financial counselling has not waned. Peo- ple are still very eager to seek out help.
“The busiest time of the year is generally after the Christmas and New Year period.
“Typically the return to school period is when families require most support.”
Cockburn’s financial counselling co-ordinator Colleen Crowley said demand was high.
“Because service funding was subsidised by the City of Cockburn, there has been very little disruption for residents and current clients,” she said.
The service continues to be in high demand, says Cockburn’s co-ordinator Colleen Crowley.