Empowering financial literacy

CNCISS members Lauren Booth, Lisa Hansen, and Helen Small joined with SE Water members Anita McKenzie and Nerida Casey. Pictures: SUPPLIED

The Casey North Community Information and Support Services (CNCISS) received a grant from South East Water as part of their annual community grants program.

The grant has provided community members in Casey Cardinia, , Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula access to free help through CNCISS’ financial literacy program ‘Stay on Track’.

CNICSS executive officer Helen Small said the program has met the growing needs of community members who are seeking the right tools and education in order to manage their finances.

“We’re seeing an increasing number of community members presenting to us under financial stress, putting pressure on their health and relationships,” she said.

The ‘Stay on Track’ program works side by side with the organisation’s one-to-one financial counselling service, offering precise and accurate data.

“Our process helps make informed financial choices, including advice on budgeting, bill payments, loans, using credit, avoiding financial scams and stopping the cycle of debt,” Ms Small said.

South East Water’s customer affordability manager Nerida Casey said they were proud to help CNCISS support the community, especially with the current cost of living pressures.

“Community groups like CNCISS offer vital front-line support for community members who may be struggling to pay their bills and meet their financial commitments,” she said.

“We’re excited to see this important project come to life with the support of our Community Grants program.”

South East Water’s annual community grants program funds local projects that support vulnerable community members.

Its goal is to make the environment healthier, help people be more active and connected, and to build knowledge about water and how to use it in the best way possible.

The organisation is currently offering financial support to 13,000 customers, with tailored care programs, relief and hardship grants, incentive schemes, hardship plumbing assistance and family violence support.

For more information regarding CNCISS, visit www.caseynorthciss.com.au

Further details on the Community Grants Program for 2024 can be found at southeastwater.com.au/grants