Marie making her mark on financial wellbeing
For 20 years MoneyMinded has been building the capacity of community workers to support their clients. Marie has been involved in MoneyMinded for the majority of that time and over the last decade as The Smith Family’s MoneyMinded trainer.
Since 2007, Marie has seen the program evolve and believes the key to MoneyMinded’s success is it’s easy-paced, conversational style.
Marie says “community workers who complete MoneyMinded training are very excited to see how easy it is to talk about finances with a positive ‘I can do this’ attitude!”
While MoneyMinded involves broad conversations around managing money day-to-day, reducing debt and planning for the future, there’s a need to stay on top of new topics such as ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’, which has had increasing interest from participants over the last 12 months.
Marie says ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ is marketed so well, targeting people’s emotions and the feeling they need to have something now. “Clients are needing information that highlights the actual costs and traps behind the amounts they sign up for,” she says.
Marie says if there were three things she wanted people to take away from MoneyMinded sessions right now they would be the importance of:
- Money Chat – have positive conversations about reducing debt and making plans for your money to work for you;
- Money Awareness – know what money is coming in and what money is going out; and
- Money Kindness – set a money goal for yourself. It’s okay to start small and grow your goals as your money skills grow.
Over 7,000 community professionals have been trained in MoneyMinded, growing their capacity to help clients build financial resilience and wellbeing.