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MoneyMates

MoneyMates support groups are based around the concept of sharing and learning together as a group.

This type of approach has proven successful in both large and small communities, as seen with programmes such as Weight Watchers.

Facilitators encourage group members to learn from others and gain control over their financial lives and build resilience.

Who is MoneyMates for?

MoneyMates is aimed at people who are repeatedly experiencing financial hardship, or who may be more likely to encounter financial difficulty, or who simply want to learn financial management and budgeting skills.

Some participants might be transitioning from a one-on-one BFC service to building networks and better financial independence.

What happens in a MoneyMates session?

Facilitators help a group of participants to talk openly about money and finances (not necessarily about specific details of their own debt, but about, choices, options and behaviours).

Together, over several weeks they can:

  • learn more about getting control of debt, budgeting and cash flow management, financial products, safer lending and growing their resources
  • learn from other people who are in similar situations, share their own insights and knowledge and build support networks with people going through the same experiences
  • access other information and support such as online forums, helplines and the Sorted website
  • build up their networks with whānau and their community.

MoneyMates Guide for Facilitators

Providers should use the MoneyMates guide for facilitators (Second edition, July 2017 edition or later) in their delivery. The guide outlines the consistent approach expected of the service and provides 10 modules of resources.

There is no requirement to use all 10 modules, and material from other sources may be used if the group requires additional resources. Clients are the experts in their own lives, and thus MoneyMates groups should have the flexibility to include information requested by the clients themselves.

Download the Guide

For faster download, the components of the guide are also available:

Editable MoneyMates Posters and Flyers

We have developed editable Word documents that providers can use to advertise MoneyMates services in their communities.

There are two types – A4 Posters and A5 Flyers. See below for PDF examples of how the posters and flyers could look. The wording can be easily changed to suit local providers.

MoneyMates A5 Flyer

MoneyMates A4 Poster (2018 version)

Editable BFC Posters and Flyers

We also have other editable BFC poster and flyer documents for providers to use.

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