Budget services broadening
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.