Budget House Taupō provides financial mentoring that services to the Taupō, Turangi and surrounding communities. Virgina McCreadie, says they offer a myriad of services including group education in schools and workplaces, one-on-one mentoring, advocacy, debt management and financial capability an financial resilience.
“Often people can be initially apprehensive or embarrassed to come to a financial mentoring service and share their story – but so often we are able to turn a negative situation into a positive. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what our clients want – we are whānau centered and work to help them to achieve whatever their financial goals might be.
“As well as regular financial mentoring, we offer assistance with Kiwisaver hardship applications, NZ insolvency procedures, and total money management and it’s not uncommon for us to save people from losing their homes. That’s the reason we are here – to help our community. We currently service about 1% of our population, but if we could service 5% we could help so many more.
“We work closely with other community organisations and families are often referred to us through them. We are proud of the circle of community that we have in our region – it has the power to change people’s lives for the better,” said Virginia
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