Salvation Army Moneycare will join Centacare for a free fun day at Alexandra Park this Friday (18 October 2019) to help get families struggling with their finances back on track.
In addition to financial advice and counselling the day will feature free food, drinks, face painting, a jumping castle, information from service providers and mountains of free furniture, clothes, toys and odds and ends.
Bundaberg-based Salvation Army Moneycare financial counsellor Wayne Chamberlin said the event was aimed at raising awareness about the support services available for residents experiencing financial stress.
“The focus is families and we get together each year to hold a Family Fun Day at Alexander Park,” Wayne said.
“In past years hundreds of families from all walks of life have attended.
“Kids love it and parents find all sorts of worthwhile information to help them in their specific situations.
“Many parents – and individuals – have remarked at the amount of support that exists from local agencies.
“And it’s such a fun day out!”
Salvation Army Moneycare day
A range of services will be on hand including Centacare, UCC, IWC, St Vincent de Paul, Neighbourhood Centre, Red Cross, Bundaberg Welfare Network and Regional Housing representatives.
Wayne has plenty of experience providing financial advice thanks to his role.
“I support people who are experiencing financial difficulties,” he said.
“Issues range from helping with large electricity or phone bills, assistance with car or house repossessions, excessive credit card debt, help with Pay Day lenders, budgeting, ideas for SPER debt, info on government concessions, no interest loans.
“The best approach is getting in early before an issue gets out of hand.”
Wayne said all residents would take something away from the day, whether it was a bit of fun, some helpful advice or connecting with local services they may have been unaware of.
“Everyone who attends are amazed at what happens on the day.
“The day highlights the positive things in Bundaberg and the benefit of creating a supportive local community.”
The event, being held as part of Anti-Poverty Week will be held at Alexandra Park from 10 am to 1.30 pm on Friday 18 October.
To speak with the Salvation Army’s free and confidential Moneycare service call (02) 9633 5011 or visit salvos.org.au/moneycare to find your nearest service.
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