Morley: UnitingCare West and Blue Sky Community Group partner to provide financial counselling after State Govt delivers on election promise

Blue Sky Community Group chief executive Neville Willcock, Blue Sky Community Group financial counsellor Kerry Smith, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson and Financial Counselling Network principal officer Celia Dufall. Picture: Jimmy Teo
Blue Sky Community Group chief executive Neville Willcock, Blue Sky Community Group financial counsellor Kerry Smith, Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson and Financial Counselling Network principal officer Celia Dufall. Picture: Jimmy Teo

A MORLEY community group has restarted its financial counselling service after the State Government announced $870,000 in funding for 11 services in Perth.

UnitingCare West (UCW) has partnered with Blue Sky Community Group to deliver the Financial Counselling Network’s services to the Morley branch, which caters for residents in Bayswater, Morley, Noranda, Maylands, Bassendean, Mt Lawley and surrounding suburbs.

Blue Sky Community Group chief executive Neville Willcoack said the group previously ran the service in Morley before funding cuts forced it to close and had continued counselling at its Lockridge branch.

“We saw with the initial closure just how many people went without financial counsellor and how their situation invariably became worse,” he said.

“Families and individuals did suffer the loss of utilities, housing, go without essential household items and in some cases this contributed to family breakdowns.

“The few financial counselling services that managed to survive have now seen this sector get the recognition it deserves.”

Mr Willcox said the Morley area faced increased cost of living and reduced income, which was a similar situation to most suburbs.

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson was delighted to see the State Government fulfilling an election commitment to return financial counselling to Morley.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said the service would help many locals who were “doing it tough”.

UCW chief executive Amanda Hunt said financial counselling could give people the skills and confidence to become self-reliant and sustainably manage their finances.

Meanwhile, Communicare in Mirrabooka will also deliver the financial counselling service.

To book appointments with Blue Sky, call 9376 9999 or visit www.blueskygroup.com.au.

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