Lit­tle dis­rup­tion to fi­nan­cial ser­vices

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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The ser­vice con­tin­ues to be in high de­mand, says Cock­burn’s co-or­di­na­tor Colleen Crowley.

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