Financial workshops empowering tenants

26 Feb 2018

Access Housing held this year’s first financial workshop for tenants on Friday 23 February.

The workshop in Gosnells was the first of six planned financial workshops that Access Housing tenants can attend throughout the year in the Perth metro and South West regions.

Access Housing Creating Choices Officer Alex Kepes (left) and Gosnells Community Legal Centre financial counsellor Billy Hawkes speak to tenants during the first financial workshop.

The workshops are facilitated by our Creating Choices Officer Alex Kepes but driven by participating tenants who determine what areas of money management they would like to discuss. Tenants are also encouraged to share their cost saving knowledge and ideas to assist their fellow tenants. Sessions are supported by a financial counsellor who provides information about building budgeting skills and financial resilience.

The year’s first workshop saw 18 tenants join Alex and Gosnells Community Legal Centre financial counsellor Billy Hawkes to discuss ways of saving and managing on a low income.

“It was great to see so much local knowledge sharing from tenants, they definitely were the experts in the room. The overwhelming feedback from the group was that everybody learnt from each other,” Alex said.

Feedback from the first workshop was overwhelmingly positive. Here is what a few tenants had to say:

“It was interesting to hear other tenants’ perspectives and learn new ways to manage financially.”

“Every question had an answer. It was very informative and the ladies were very helpful.”

“The social interaction was appreciated and I think I learnt a lot.”

Access Housing will be running more financial workshops throughout the year in various locations from Perth down to Bunbury. All Access Housing tenants are welcome to attend and we invite you to share and learn at a workshop in your area (places are limited so register your interest as soon as you can!):

21 March (Rockingham)
16 May (Manning)
6 June (Fremantle)
Date TBA (Bunbury)
Date TBA (Cockburn)

What happens at the workshops?
• Share your challenges, experiences and knowledge around money management with other tenants
• Learn money saving strategies that you can apply in your local community
• Meet and get tips from your local Financial Counsellor
• Connect with tenants that live near you

Contact Access Housing’s Creating Choices Officer Alex Kepes if you would like to attend a workshop near you.

P: 9430 0900
M: 0437 887 675
E: creatingchoices@accesshousing.org.au