Bud­get ser­vices broad­en­ing

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Porirua Bud­get Ser­vice aims to broaden its work among some of the area’s most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

The not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, which helps peo­ple man­age their fam­ily or per­sonal fi­nances, is call­ing on com­mu­nity groups to sup­port its grow­ing ser­vices.

Ser­vice man­ager Robert An­to­nio, one of two em­ploy­ees the or­gan­i­sa­tion has, wanted to re­as­sure peo­ple it was there to help fol­low­ing news it would lose $136,000 in fund­ing as part of na­tional changes from within the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment.

An­to­nio said while it was great the min­istry was tar­get­ing more fund­ing to­ward help­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries, or­gan­i­sa­tions such as his would keep on help­ing var­i­ous peo­ple such as lowwage earn­ers and re­tirees as it had done for 40 years.

‘‘This is an op­por­tu­nity to help lots of peo­ple. We haven’t had any feed­back from the min­istry. We’re still open for busi­ness, and we pro­vide for clients with di­verse and com­plex needs.’’

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has ap­plied for fund­ing from var­i­ous sources in­clud­ing com­mu­nity trusts, but was also invit­ing the com­mu­nity to get in touch and help it keep pro­vid­ing its ser­vices ‘‘for an­other 40 years’’.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was con­tracted to see about 300 clients a year, but helped about 400 to 500. It aims to ad­vise and ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity within the area bounded by Tawa to Pukerua Bay, and Pau­ata­hanui to Ti­tahi Bay, on the man­age­ment of fam­ily or per­sonal fi­nances.

Pem­ber House, where Porirua Bud­get Ser­vice is based.

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