The Central Otago Budgeting Service aims to provide a free non-judgemental service to families and individuals within the Central Otago Area. The service provides help to clients whilst liaising with government and social service agencies as required.
Provision of Budget Advice and money management skills to clients of the Budget Service is undertaken by the Budget Advisor who have attained a Certificate of Competency in Budget Advising.
The Budget Adviser is responsible for:
In return for their commitment and time volunteers will gain enhanced interpersonal skills including communication, empathy, and negotiation skills. Greater knowledge of financial management, social service availability and referral processes will be gained and many advisors get a great deal of satisfaction assisting people with a life skill and goal setting.
We are seeking volunteers with a positive, non-judgemental attitude who are able to relate to clients from a range of backgrounds.
Volunteers should have:
Volunteers should be over 25 years of age with access to their own car (with WOF and REGO) and a drivers license.
Training is usually via correspondence and working alongside an experienced advisor over approximately 12 months. Due to this investment a commitment of at least 12 months post-training is required. Following training most advisors maintain at least 1-2 clients at any point in time – each one requiring approx half a day for initial consultation plus weekly follow-up for a period of time. We ask that volunteers accept ongoing support and supervision for the duration of their role.
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.
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