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Information Regarding Financial Counselling

Financial Counselling services in the Perth Metropolitan region have been radically remodelled over the course of 2015. In light of the rapid change, the partnership consortium would like to provide an update on this vital community service.

On November 23, a new consortium of 10 organisations was created to deliver Financial Counselling from 14 locations around the Perth Metropolitan area and was advised that it had successfully tendered to deliver services across the metropolitan area.

The partnership consists of the following organisations (and their locations):

  • UnitingCare West – Fremantle, Inner City, Merriwa
  • Anglicare WA – Rockingham, Armadale, Joondalup
  • Midlas – Midland
  • Blue Sky Community Group –  Lockridge
  • The Spiers Centre – Heathridge
  • City of Cockburn – Cockburn
  • Gosnells Community Legal Centre – Gosnells
  • City of Wanneroo – Wanneroo
  • South Care – Manning
  • Mission Australia – Vic Park

Currently, free financial counselling is available from seven of these locations –Fremantle, Perth, Lockridge, Heathridge, Wanneroo, Armadale and Cockburn.. These services have continued to provide excellent outcomes to people experiencing financial crisis at what is a difficult time of year for many people.

Six of these services have been available continuously, despite their contracts with the State Government ceasing in September.

The remaining seven locations will open in January, 2016.

The Consortium is led by Anglicare WA and UnitingCare West.

The collaborative approach will allow counsellors to offer their clients the best possible quality of support said Mark Glasson, Anglicare WA Executive General Manager Service Operations.

“This approach is breaking new ground in Western Australia. By bringing together the resources and expertise of 10 organisations in a unified network, we can improve the quality of the service and thus the outcomes for our community at large,” said Mr Glasson.

The consortium can offer more than just financial counselling said David Cain, UnitingCare West Executive Manager Community Living.

“Many of the consortium partners offer services in housing and relationships and a whole range of other areas. We will now be able to refer our clients to the whole suite of services on offer, allowing us to provide holistic solutions to our client’s problems,” said Mr Cain.

For more information about the consortium, please read here: http://www.anglicarewa.org.au/news/article/25112015-207/anglicare-wa-and-unitingcare-west-contracted-to-lead-new-financial-counselling-network.aspx.