Christmas Financials

As the end of the year draws to a close and Christmas is well and truly nigh, it seems a perfect time to review what financial supports are available to help you stretch your dollars further or recover from any unexpected costs that may have arisen.  So, whether a person in your care needs assistance managing and saving their money or you need an immediate injection of food or funds to help make the season feel more festive, have a look through the following links to see if there’s a service that might bring you some added cheer:   

Christmas hampers/gift assistance 

  • St Vincent de Paul may have some Christmas hampers, dependent on local areas and their resources. To find out if one is available in your area, call their free number: 1800 846 643 (select option 1 and put in their local postcode).   
  • Wesley Mission Brisbane Relief Centre offer free Red Bags to low-income earners and gifts for children under 16 from Dec 6-23. Collection is available from Dec 6 to 23 Dec (midday) See website for details: 2021-emergency-relief-xmas-posters_red-bag-collection.pdf   
  • The Smith Family are offering gift vouchers for children’s toys (in lieu of toy and book gift packs during Covid). Call: 1300 326 459. Email: tsfmktg@thesmithfamily.com.au.   

Free Christmas Lunch Saturday 25 Dec:   

  • Wesley Mission Brisbane Relief Centre is providing lunch for 50 people maximum at their Brisbane Relief Hub, 316 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley. First come, first served as they do not take bookings. See their poster for details on this website

Free Christmas events and services around Brisbane: 

  • Emmanuel City Mission in South Bank in Brisbane opens its doors 24/7 from 9am Monday 21 Dec until 9am on Christmas Day for those in crisis or needing meals/sanctuary during their 3 day Christmas Festival: ECM Christmas Festival — Emmanuel Community 

Services where your donation may be tax deductible and/or make a difference to those in need over Christmas: 

Ongoing emergency assistance and crisis payments 

  • Belong offers emergency relief and food to people in need within Brisbane South and Ipswich regions. See their website for more information about their services: Emergency Relief – Belong 
  • Wesley Mission. They operate a drop-in service for food hampers during business hours (closed from 12-1pm). Applicants must provide proof of low income and supply a photo ID. Phone: 1300 403 198. Email: contactus@wmq.org.au 
  • Chermside Kedron Community Church: The Uniting Church in Chermside/Kedron provide free food packages to eligible applicants. Office is open from 9am on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri mornings. People can receive one package per month and recipients need to fill in paperwork. Phone: 07 3350 4302. Email: office@ckcc.org.au
  • Nexus Care Everton Park: This charity runs a food relief program where one person per family can sign up to access 1 x food parcel per month for 3 months. Office is located on school grounds and hours Mon-Thurs 9am-4pm but arrival between 9.30-2.30 recommended due to school hours). Phone: (07) 3354 2555. Email: info@nexuscare.com.au 

Carer specific payments 

  • The Carer’s Gateway lists information about a range of payments and benefits on their website: Financial help | Carer GatewayCarers are also encouraged to register with the Carer Gateway as they could be eligible for supports to assist them in their caring role.  
  • Young Carer Bursary Program - Carers aged 12-25 years old can apply for this bursary to assist them to continue in their education. Applications are usually open from August to September for a $3000 bursary in the following year.Young Carer Bursary | Young Carers Network 

Free financial counselling services and advice  

  • Moneysmart offers free guidance and simple tools, tips and calculators to help people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes to build a better life: About us – Moneysmart.gov.au 

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