As we are now in Covid-19 Alert Level 2 our office is open with a few changes.
Budgeting Appointments must be booked in advance by calling 379 2329 or emailing email@example.com. During level 2 please use our back entrance at 68 Beresford St. Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible as the doors will be locked and we will come and let you in. You must sign in either by scanning the QR code or completing the contract tracing form. We have masks available at the door if you do not bring your own and please remember to follow social distancing guidelines.
Community Care Gatherings remain on hold until further notice.
Compassion Trust is a charitable trust serving families and individuals living in the Christchurch Eastern suburbs—New Brighton, Parklands, Aranui as well as the Philipstown, Linwood and Woolston areas and we offer one on one mentoring to support those who are experiencing financial difficulty.
We provide financial mentoring (budgeting), goal setting, debt management, assist with advocacy, KiwiSaver hardship, insolvency, run educational money courses as well meeting community needs in practical ways through community gatherings.
We’ll help you with a financial plan, goal setting, strengths, debt, insolvency or advocacy
HANDS OF COMPASSION
Volunteers helping those in the community in a practical way with odd jobs, gardening and more
We hold various regular gatherings serving those in need in our community
FREE FINANCIAL MENTORING
Our teams are here to offer FREE mentoring with managing your money – financial mentoring, 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 the 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.
“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.”.”
MAKING A DIFFERENCE…
Year upon year our team work one-on-one with approximately 300 clients in our local community.
Over this last financial year:
- 374 clients this year. 78% 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 $36,807
- Total Loan debt owed to Finance Companies is $9,549,877
- Total client debt in our local area this last year has been $13,766,129
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.
$ AVERAGE DEBT
$ LOAN DEBT
$ TOTAL CLIENT DEBT
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