Pacific Homecare (PHC) have teamed up with fellow Whanau Ora provider Fonua Ola for the benefit of our Whanau Ora families. 
Celebrations were rife last night as our nineteen graduates from the Money Smart Workshop came together  one last time.  All in high spirits as they walked up to receive their certificates in recognition for completing at least five of the ten module course.

Over the past six weeks Brenda Simmons from Fonua Ola has been running a Money Smart workshop which was designed with the intention to educate and empower our Whanau Ora families to make informed decisions when it comes to money.

Brenda, with the support of Louise Uluakiola and the PHC Whanau Ora team, have been successful in delivering the workshop to twenty two families over the six weeks the workshops were run. The sessions were held on Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8:30pm.

The workshop covered ten modules.  Each module were carefully considered because they encourage smarter decision making.  They were:
– Trust
– Money
– Needs & Wants
– Goals
– Keep Track of Money
– Paying off your Debt
– Borrowing Sensibly
– Save
– Get a Fair Share
– Pay it Forward

Wednesday the 28th of March was graduation and celebration night where our customers came together to share their experiences and most important take away points from the workshop.  And ofcourse, in true island fashion, some yummy kai. But we are all on Biggest Losers so it had to be healthy!

Thank you to Brenda and the team at Fonua Ola and to the Pacific Homecare Whanau Ora team for making this possible for our families.

Some comments from the families were,

“I understand what compound interest is”

“Through this workshop I have come to understand the difference between a want and a need, before I used to think they were the same”

“I know now that I need to save, even if it is a small amount like $5 a week, as long as you save”

“I learnt that I shouldn’t get into debt for small things that I can go without, but if I do, I must read the fine print”

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