empowering our community to prosper

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BUDGET MENTORING  •  MONEY COURSES  •  COMMUNITY GATHERINGS  •  PRACTICAL HELP

Working hard, but still no money?

Three short workshops to get your finances back on track.

Next course:

Dates: 5th, 12th & 19th June 2024
Time: 7pm – 8.15pm
Location: Seafield Building, 71 Beresford St, New Brighton, Christchurch

Register here or for more information contact us on 379 2329 or office@compassiontrust.org.nz

Free Financial Mentoring

 

Our teams are here to offer FREE mentoring to managing your money – financial mentoring, budgeting, debt management and goal setting, as well as assist with advocacy, KiwiSaver hardships or insolvency.

We provide one-on-one mentoring and training to address financial issues and debt, and bring clarity and understanding of a weekly financial plan.

Managing money is a challenging task, especially for those on limited or insufficient incomes – and they are the ones it matters to the most. That’s when a bit of know-how and training makes all the difference, which is where we come in.

By journeying through with our clients, we can address the issues of hardship holistically, helping to break the hardship and poverty cycle and empower our following generations.

Serving our Community

 

Serving our local communities by reaching out to meet immediate practical needs is another passion of ours. Community events offering food and friendship are a regular way we do this.

We are not a food bank, but seek to assist and empower those facing difficulties that leave them short of food. We work with them to ensure that this is not an on-going issue.

Compassion Trust also host various community social events—like a Christmas feast—to provide the opportunity of connection for those who may be otherwise isolated. Social connection is recognised as a key factor in peoples well being and so the gatherings and events we run can make a real difference in the lives of those who attend.

Hands of Compassion logo

Hands of Compassion

 

Volunteers helping those in our community in a practical way.

Our emphasis is toward widows, single parents, the elderly, poor and the disabled.

Yardwork, Odd Jobs, Plumbing, Painting, Electrical, Carpentry and more!

a 5 min overview

We’re making a big difference!

 

Over this last financial year:
  • 356 clients this year. 72% received ongoing assistance. Our statistics show that clients who work with us long term have a greater chance of becoming debt free.
  • The average debt of our client is approximately $42,142
  • Total Loan debt owed to Finance Companies is $11,979,114
  • Total client debt in our local area this last year has been $15,002,900

Through our assistance our clients have been able to stabilize and improve their financial positions, many reducing their debt or even becoming debt free. It is vital for us to build strong relationships and be there with them for the long term.

CLIENTS

$ AVERAGE DEBT

$ LOAN DEBT

$ TOTAL DEBT

“Thank you for your encouragement and support and generosity over the last few months.  Your advice has resulted in huge positive changes in our lives.”

“So glad to hear the advisor has been in the same situation and good to talk over issues, be listened to, talked out loud with sensible advise. Very kind and knowledgeable.”

“When I rang I didn’t really know why, but I got a whole lot of extra energy just from speaking with your staff.  I am very grateful for your time and support.  I’m feeling incredibly anxious and tired, but I know we can do this, and it must be going to get better.”

Budget Service Client

“I have previously been to other places for financial advice but always found Compassion Trust to be non-judgemental and understanding whatever your situation. I never feel rushed and my financial problems are explained in a way I can understand. This is extremely helpful when trying to juggle multiple stressors life. The financial mentors are always very optimistic and after my session with them, I leave feeling a huge weight had been lifted. I was getting at my wit’s end with my particular issue, so I am very grateful for your wonderful service.”

Budget Service Client, Jan 2022

Help us make a difference

A community organization like ours needs good infrastructure, resources and staff to be effective – and that comes at a cost. Would you like to consider partnering with us by becoming “A Friend of Compassion Trust”?

We welcome all financial donations whether it is weekly, fortnightly or monthly, or you may wish to support the Trust by choosing a specific food item to add to our food parcels.

Find out more about how you can help

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11 hours ago
Compassion Trust

Huge thanks to Samantha and Mike who have been running our MoneyMates course over the last three Wednesday nights.

These courses are to help you learnt more about getting control over your finances and learn keys around budgeting, dealing with debt, saving and making goals.

Keep on eye on our website: www.compassiontrust.org.nz for all upcoming courses over the coming months.
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Huge thanks to Samantha and Mike who have been running our MoneyMates course over the last three Wednesday nights.  

These courses are to help you learnt more about getting control over your finances and learn keys around budgeting, dealing with debt, saving and making goals.

Keep on eye on our website: www.compassiontrust.org.nz for all upcoming courses over the coming months.Image attachment
16 hours ago
Compassion Trust

Today for National Volunteer week we celebrate these wonderful people who faithfully serve on our fortnightly community lunch.

Your commitment to our community is outstanding and we could not run without all your support. We recognise you today and say you are our heros.
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Today for National Volunteer week we celebrate these wonderful people who faithfully serve on our fortnightly community lunch.  

Your commitment to our community is outstanding and we could not run without all your support.  We recognise you today and say you are our heros.
2 days ago
Compassion Trust

Today our beautiful sister Shirley went to be with Jesus. Shirley supported the work of Compassion Trust from 2002 with doing baking and helping with making school lunches for people in the community.

In 2012 she continued to volunteer for about 5 years as a financial mentor and supported many community people. Both Shirley and her husband Tom also helped with packing our food parcels.

My dear friend and sister, I honour you today for your faithfulness and commitment. I will never forget the times we shared and fun we had. Rest beloved and we will meet again!!
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Today our beautiful sister Shirley went to be with Jesus.  Shirley supported the work of Compassion Trust  from 2002 with doing baking and helping with making school lunches for people in the community.

In 2012 she continued to volunteer for about 5 years as a financial mentor and supported many community people. Both Shirley and her husband Tom also helped with packing our food parcels. 

My dear friend and sister, I honour you today for your faithfulness and commitment. I will never forget the times we shared and fun we had. Rest beloved and we will meet again!!Image attachment

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Many fond memories were made with Shirley and her beloved Tom, loving condolences to her family and to Tom at this time 💐

Awww 🥰 she’ll be missed and fully healed now…..our condolences to Tom too!!

Amazing lady, who served so many people ❤️

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