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Salvos Anti-Poverty Week Letter to the Editor

The Salvation Army 2 mins read

19 October 2023


 Salvos Anti-Poverty Week Letter to the Editor


It is financially tough out there –for some than others.

In my work as part of the Salvos Moneycare team, I see lots of people who have been weighed down emotionally by their financial situation.

I see the way the constant thinking about how to juggle expenses keeps us on edge. It’s not good for us mentally, physically or spiritually.

Indeed, recent research from The Salvos shows that people’s mental health is the top concern for 73% of our clients across the country. Many Aussies are struggling to cope, and this cost-of-living crisis shows no signs of letting up any time soon. 

That’s why we are here, to help when life is getting a bit too much. I get a bit sad when people think “a financial counsellor is not for me”, or worse “they’ll think I’m overreacting”. Because it’s just not true.

Financial Counselling is a free, non-judgmental service where a qualified person listens to your financial situation and works with you take control of your money.

We can work with lenders, utility providers and, most critically, with you to develop plans and skills to better navigate the path to financial wellbeing.

A community member who accessed Moneycare up in Queensland told us, “I feel less stressed. I didn’t know there was this help available. I can’t believe how great you have been. I have a pathway to take away worry and concern.”

That is what we are all about here at The Salvos. By empowering you to get your financial wellbeing back on track, Financial Counselling can be a way to make anyone - yes, anyone – have the freedom to make choices to allow you to enjoy life.

This Anti-Poverty Week, I would encourage anyone who might be feeling the pinch financially at the moment to reach out to us. We are here to help.

Kristen Hartnett

National Head of Moneycare




For more information, please contact The Salvation Army’s Media Relations Department on (02) 9466 3143


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