Hawera Budget Advisory Service volunteers will not be out of pocket thanks to funding from the Tindall Foundation.

“With only three paid staff, we rely on volunteers to help meet the demand for our services and provide mentoring to our clients. With this funding we can pay for volunteers’ training costs, travel expenses and safety items, like pre-paid cellphones for those going on home visits,” says Hawera Budget Advisory Service Manager Julie Gaudin.

Volunteers fill an important mentoring role with clients, helping with everything from advocacy work – accompanying clients to see other government agencies, banks and creditors – to home visits, which complements the work of the paid staff.

Demand for budgeting advice comes from all walks of life and is on the increase. “Ten years ago we’d see around 100 people a year and last year we had 500 referrals,” says Mrs Gaudin.

The team at Budget Advisory Services do more than just offer budget advice. “Education is a big part of what we do as well as helping clients in a crisis situation, negotiating with creditors, checking entitlements and connecting the dots with other service providers.”

Responsibility for allocating funding of around $40,000 per year under the Tindall Foundation’s supporting families and social services programme is overseen by Te Karaka Foundation.

“We’re pleased the Tindall Foundation have recognised our expertise and local knowledge and have entrusted Te Karaka to make recommendations about how this funding is allocated,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.

Other recipients of this year’s Tindall Foundation funding in Taranaki include: Pregnancy Help Taranaki Inc., Central Taranaki Blue Light Ventures, Taranaki Toy Library, New Plymouth Positive Ageing Trust, On The House and New Plymouth Emergency Shelter.

For information on funding criteria and how to apply visit tindall.org.nz or email grants@tkf.org.nz. The next round of Tindall Foundation funding closes 31 August.