One of the many services in demand from Otamatea Community Services (OCS) is money management. Money, in its many forms, can be a touchy subject, often causing problems within households when it simply won’t stretch far enough to cover expenses despite the best efforts of the person who holds the purse strings.
We all have times when money just doesn’t seem to go far enough, like the start of a school year with school fees and uniforms, birthdays, and the obligation we often feel to participate in Christmas events which we may not be really able to afford.
Otamatea Community Services is coming to the rescue, running a six week course in November called ‘Money Mates’ to de-stigamatise financial hardship and the embarrassment which many may feel in their inability to make ends meet, plus networking with others in a similar situation.
The courses will discuss simple, practical management and budgeting covering daily outgoings, grocery shopping and, where possible, implementing a savings regime.
Regardless of how people may appear, from time to time we can all endure some financial hardship and there is no embarrassment in asking for help.
Generally speaking two heads are better than one in working out problems or, more especially, sharing problems. Some may take longer than others to work through but OCS advisers can assist with advice or through expert contacts who can give an objective solution. The OCS team consist of qualified staff, whanau support and even senior support. If you are not at ease in speaking with their officers on the course they offer one-on-one counselling and discussion and home visits which are private and confidential.
If you perceive problems arising before the November course, OCS in Maungaturoto are only too happy to receive your call for assistance. OCS are also expanding their services into Mangawhai, networking closely with Te Whai Trust.
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