FINANCIAL LITERACY COURSE HELPS HUME FAMILIES HANDLE CASH WITH CARE
Hume families are getting tips on how to manage money, establish good savings habits, and avoid financial traps in a five-week course delivered by The Smith Family.
More families are being invited to take part in The Smith Family's nationally accredited Certificate I in Financial Services starting soon.
The Smith Family's Financial Literacy Regional Co-ordinator Briony Squibb said that the course was designed to help parents find their way through the complex world of finance.
"This course is designed to empower families, help them avoid getting into debt, help them to recognise scams and establish excellent savings habits that they can use throughout their lives," Ms Squibb said.
"We also find that this course is a great stepping stone for adults who may have left school early, or never had the chance to complete school, and want to get back into study."
Broadmeadows mother-of-three Ann* says taking part in The Smith Family's financial literacy course provided the confidence boost she needed to go back and complete Year 12.
Ann left school early many years ago to join the workforce, and was busy raising three children in the years that followed.
After completing several community programs with The Smith Family in Broadmeadows, Ann now feels ready to get the education she always wanted.
"It's a little scary (to be going back)," she says, "but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it and I wanted to advance my chances of getting a better type of job."
Financial literacy courses consist of five 2-hour sessions and are delivered by trained facilitators.