Sorted Whanau, a financial capability education programme, was developed by the Commission For Financial Capability, Malatest International and Auckland Maori health provider Raukura Hauora o Tainui.
The programme aims to improve financial understanding and decision-making, management of problem gambling behavior and has the potential to influence long-term behaviour change for clients.
The Ministry of Health website says financial difficulties are one of the greatest types of harm associated with problem gambling. Maori and Pacific peoples are over-represented in problem gambling.
NKMP Problem Gambling Health promoter Kerstin Kummerer says Nga Kete was offered the opportunity to rollout the programme in the south.
“We thought it was a great idea for Nga Kete because we have so many people who gamble with financial problems. The programme will enable those people to effectively manage their money with confidence.”
Commission Affiliated Facilitator Michelle Reynolds will co-facilitate the programme and offer assistance and support, Kerstin says.
The 10-week group programme starts today (02 October 2017), and will be held every Monday from 12pm-2pm, facilitated by Kerstin Kummerer, problem gambling counsellor Diane Mowat and Michelle Reynolds. The group has 14 confirmed participants already.
For more information about the group free phone 0800 925 242 or visit us at 92 Spey Street, Level 2.