Making Ends Meet

Ann, left, is a volunteer at the Levin Budget Service (Inc) and helps out at reception. Not all volunteers are budget advisors.
Ann, left, is a volunteer at the Levin Budget Service (Inc) and helps out at reception. Not all volunteers are budget advisors.

After Christmas financial fall out can push families past the point of being able to cope with all their financial commitments. The New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services (Inc) have offices throughout Kapiti and Horowhenua offering absolutely free service to anyone who needs their help.

“Some people are really embarrassed about seeking help,” Budget Service Coordinator, Levin, Margaret Edwards-Graham said. “Some don’t realize our advisors are volunteers who offer their expertise totally free and no referral is needed.”

They are committed to providing confidential one on one service covering much more than budgeting.
A trained budget advisor can talk to creditors on their client’s behalf, provide advocacy support, and work with other agencies.

Levin Budget Service coordinator Margaret Edwards-Graham has had involvement through the Service for more than 15 years.
Levin Budget Service coordinator Margaret Edwards-Graham has had involvement through the Service for more than 15 years.

If you have an interest in helping others, you may want to consider training as a budget advisor. In fact some clients have gone on to become trained advisors having lived the talk. Courses are held regularly throughout the year, there is no charge and plenty of support both during and after you qualify.

There are a number of Budget services throughout Kapiti and Horowhenua.

For information on the one nearest to you go to www.familybudgeting.org.nz

Or Kapiti 04 298 8570
email: kfbs@paradise.net.nz

Otaki 364 6579
email: otakifamilybudget8@yahoo.co.nz

Foxton and Shannon 363 6684
email: fox.budget@xtra.co.nz

Levin Ph 368 6924
email: levinbudgetservice@xtra.co.nz

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