New service for struggling locals
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MEDIA RELEASE – 2 September 2020

COVID-19 might be creating headaches about money, but a local service is answering the call for help.

Financial capability workers from YFS are now at Yarrabilba and Jimboomba to support people who are struggling financially.

YFS Chief Executive Cath Bartolo said the workers were ready to help locals with budgeting and managing their money, and to connect them with government concessions and emergency relief payments.

“Debt isn’t something to be ashamed about,” Ms Bartolo said.

“We are here because we want to help people get on top of their financial problems.

“It can be hard keeping track of how much money you have to spend each week.

“Also, it can be a challenge to work out which bills must be paid and by when.

“And if you get hit with an unexpected cost your budget can be blown completely.

“Our workers are experts in supporting people to manage their money better.”

The YFS workers can support locals to seek out better deals on bills, negotiate better sources of credit and access government concessions.

They can also help with No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) applications. NILS are loans that are safer, fairer and more affordable than pay-day loans, rent-to-buy arrangements and hoc shops.

People in financial crisis may be eligible to receive small, one-off financial relief payments to cover rent, power bills, phone bills and other essentials.

The YFS workers are at the Yarrabilba Sport and Community Hub on Mondays and YFS Jimboomba on Wednesdays.

To book a confidential appointment, call 3826 1500.

 

Who is YFS?

YFS is a not for profit delivering a range of services to the people of Logan and surrounds. We cater to people who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or want to improve their circumstance. Started in 1983 to provide support to at risk young people and families, YFS has evolved into a very diverse organisation with a multitude of services delivered in Logan and surrounding areas, including Redlands.

For more information contact

Phone: 3826 1500

Judith Hunter | Email: judithh@yfs.org.au
Nathan Francis | Email: nathanf@yfs.org.au