There are many services to assist people experiencing cost of living pressures but finding these services can be difficult. "You don't know what you don't know". People don't know where to look, many don't know what they are entitled to or how to access the services that are free and are there to help them.
The Affordable SA is a South Australian designed and supported suite of services consisting of an App, Website and a Helpline to get you easily connected to the services that can best meet your needs depending on your individual situation.
A cost of living support community where you are the focus. Where you can learn what services are available to assist you, if you are eligible and how to access them quickly and easily. Though aimed specifically for people in need Affordable SA has quickly become a useful mobile tool for Social Workers, Financial Counsellors, Police and anyone needing to quickly identify useful assistance for people in need.
It's easy to become part of the Affordable SA Community. Download the free App available for Android or Apple devices or go to the website https://affordablesa.com.au chat to us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/affordableSAapp/ or if you need to speak to someone about your cost of living worries ring the Helpline on 1800 025 539.
As the year gets under way the kids will soon be looking to sign up for sports and dance. Uniforms, equipment and fees can sometimes be that expense that is hard to find and kids often miss out.
Make sure you're kids are not missing out on the healthy benefits and friendships of sport and dance.
The SA Government Sports Voucher is available to all primary school children aged from reception to year 7. You can claim one voucher for each eligible child per calendar year and many sporting teams are set up to claim the vouchers directly when paying for sports fees.
All forms of Dance is now included and the SA Government has agreed to continue the program till 2021-2022.
There are many ideas for staying cool and saving on expensive utilities bills if you have your own house. When you are renting it is hard to make the changes to problem areas of the home necessary to effectively reduce your costs.
"The Renters Guide to Saving Money" helps people renting to look consider what changes they can make to save money and life sustainably and how to negotiate with landlords for a reasonable outcome.
The booklet is biased towards the East Coast of Australia but many of the practical ideas are still worthy of exploration. Concessions and laws may vary between states so it is worth checking.