ANGLICARE has launched its Spring Appeal to highlight the increased 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 around the Perth metro area.
It reported more than 12,000 financial counselling issues among clients, regarding accommodation, mortgage issues, personal financial crisis, utilities/essentials, debt and spending behaviour.
Southeast metro services manager Linda Jenkins said utility costs had increased, which put more of a burden on households struggling financially.
“Utility bills seem to be a concern. Some people who are underemployed 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.
“If you’re noticing you’re struggling to maintain a budget or keep up with bills, early intervention is best, go along and seek an intervention with a financial adviser,” she said.
Ms Jenkins said every donation, no matter how great or small, mattered.
“A small donation can really help, because if everyone makes a small donation, that can become quite a powerful thing,” she said.