A NEW financial counselling service has arrived in Byford.
The Financial Counselling Network (FCN) announced it would expand into 11 new areas, including Byford, after the State Government announced a funding boost of $870,000.
Anglicare chief executive Ian Carter said the new Byford service, which started on April 3, will be run through a partnership between Anglicare WA and FinUCAre.
“FCN services provide information, support and advocacy to assist people in financial difficulty and are free, independent and confidential,” he said.
“Clients are coming to us in record numbers with multiple debts and complex issues, with unemployment and under-employment at the forefront, and this service expansion is critical in helping to meet this growing demand.
“Financial counselling can help people through the tough times, and more importantly, give them the skills and confidence to become self-reliant and manage their own finances in a sustainable way.
“Eligible clients may also be able to access a Hardship Utilities Grant, or a No Interest Loan, to help with things like new whitegoods, car maintenance, dental work, school shoes, mobility scooters and other essentials.”
The service will be run out of St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Byford.
Clients may walk-in for a consultation, or phone the administration line on 0434 409 501.
Visit www.financialcounsellingnetwork.org.au for more information.