Lutheran Community Care SA/NT offers a range of services that aim to meet the needs in our community.
In 2009 we opened an office in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, to provide money management services to the town camps in Alice Springs and to thirteen remote communities in the MacDonnell Shire. Since then the service has grown and partnerships with other church-based agencies have strengthened, as together we share Christ’s love and compassion for all people.
Help is available, mainly for Indigenous families and individuals on low incomes with financial difficulties or those struggling to pay their bills and would like tips on improving their shopping budgeting, banking, Basics Card or making money last until pay day.
The services provided are:
- financial counselling
- emergency relief
- money management courses
- budget support
Alice Springs Money Workers are all local Indigenous people. Between the staff five different Indigenous languages are spoken, ensuring that services delivered are culturally appropriate, accessible and relevant.
A key focus for staff is consumer awareness to help vulnerable people from falling victim to scams, unreasonable contract traps and overpricing. Staff aim to help people to know their rights as consumers and will advocate on behalf of clients to ensure manageable and fair debt levels and repayment plans.
Services are offered in the Town Camps in Alice Springs and to the following communities in the MacDonnell Shire:
- Docker River
- Santa Teresa
- Wallace Rockhole
- Haasts Bluff
- Tempe Downs.
The Money Management services program is funded by the Australian Government program (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs) and conducted in partnership with Finke River Mission and the Alice Springs Lutheran Church.
Kwatja Etatha Playgroup
The Kwatja Etatha Playgroup is run by Lutheran Community Care SA/NT at the Alice Springs Lutheran Church. The playgroup is made available for mainly the town camps in Alice Springs but people also come if they are visiting from remote communities and from the wider communities in Alice Springs.
The playgroup runs five days a week and has three staff who offer general playgroup activities, provide a nutritional program and support families by providing information about preschools, health services, parenting skills and other services. Staff also provide a mini-bus to transport mothers and children.
The playgroup gives parents and carers the chance to mingle with other parents and carers, catch up with family from other camps they haven’t seen for a while and have a cuppa and a chat. Non-Indigenous parents are also benefitting from the playgroup and have been keen to learn more about the Aboriginal culture, including kangaroo tail and other bush tucker.
This program is funded by the Communities for Children Anglicare Program.
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