Budget service launches clinic

Newly-elected budget service chairperson Maureen Bernie.

People seeking budget advice will be able to drop in to a free weekly clinic at the Warkworth Town Hall, starting on Tuesday, May 7.

The Warkworth Wellsford Budget Service is running a two-month trial to see if there is a need for the clinic.

Newly elected chairperson Maureen Bernie says that while the service carries out roughly 500 face-to-face visits a year, there is still a belief that there are people in the community whose needs aren’t being met.

As well as teaching people how to budget, the service can identify local services that are available, help with Tenancy Tribunal advice and support clients with any initial approaches to WINZ.

“Our clients are diverse, range in age from their 20s upwards and come from many walks of life,”

Maureen says. “A common thread causing difficulty for many clients at the moment is the availability and cost of housing.”

The Warkworth Town Hall clinic will operate every Tuesday, from 10am to noon. Appointments can be made on 423 7123 or just drop in.

Budget advisors normally meet at the client’s home or other locations of convenience.

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