National award for Pasifika programmePosted to Financial Capability on 27-11-2015
A financial capability programme for Pacific families who care for a relative with a disability has been recognised with a national award.
The ‘Sorted Pasifika – Financial Capability for Pasifika Families’ programme was developed by the Commission for Financial Capability for Vaka Tautua and won the Emerging Innovation prize at the Pasifika Futures awards.
The programme recognises that carers face challenges and added costs that are different to the rest of the population and they can benefit from support in coping with them.
Peter Cordtz, the Commission’s Group Manager Community and Education, said: “There has been ongoing work to support people’s health and wellbeing, but this is the first time that financial capability has formed a critical part of that.
“The Commission is thrilled that Vaka Tautua’s innovation has been recognised because the content we developed for them is now the basis of our Sorted Pasifika programme.
“It highlights what can be achieved when organisations work together and will be important as we increase our involvement in financial programmes for the Pacific community.”
Sorted Pasifika aims to equip people with the knowledge and skills to improve the way they manage family finances. The hope is they can better support themselves and the relative they care for.
The workshops cover areas including how to budget, deal with debt and start saving for future needs, with the aim of improving the wellbeing of the whole family.
Mark Gosche, Vaka Tautua Chief Executive, said: “We knew there would be some health benefits. We knew there would be some benefits around the family dynamics.
“The beauty of this project is this is something that can work in communities whether it be a church-based community, whether it’s a disability-based community, ethnicity, whatever. This is about people taking charge of their own lives.”
The programme also includes workshops on health and wellbeing, knowing your benefit entitlements and upskilling for your future.
Watch the video to hear more from Mark Gosche about the programme.
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