EMBRACING, EQUIPPING and EMPOWERING our COMMUNITY

FREE:  FINANCIAL MENTORING  //  MONEY COURSES  //  COMMUNITY GATHERINGS

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 office@compassiontrust.org.nz. 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 forget to bring your own and please remember to follow social distancing guidelines.

Our Community Lunch is on hold til further notice however Beach Vista Social Club and Coffee and Chat are now running again under Level 2 guidelines. 

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.

FINANCIAL MENTORING

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

COMMUNITY CARE

We hold various regular gatherings serving those in need in our community

WHAT’S ON – MONEY COURSES

Rethink.Refocus  

Introduction to Money Mastery Course

Course runs over 2 sessions
14th and 28th October, 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Unit 5, 142 Ferry Rd, Phillipstown 
$10 charge to cover course materials

The Rethink. Refocus introductory course teaches you a variety of tools to help you on your journey to money mastery.

For more information or to register contact us on 379 2329 or office@compassiontrust.org.nz

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 COMMUNITY

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.”

– Budgeting Client

“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.”

– Budgeting Client

“”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.”.”

– Budgeting Client

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.

CLIENTS

$ 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