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Financial Assistance

Financial difficulty can seem overwhelming, but it’s okay to ask for help. We have a range of services to help you through.

Look forward to financial freedom

Everyone’s story is different, and your circumstances can change overnight. An unexpected bill, a sudden job loss, illness or payment cut – any number of factors can affect the ability to make ends meet. In 2014 alone we assisted more than 75,000 people through emergency relief, and 7,000 more through financial counselling.We’re here to help you move forward, whatever your circumstance.

Find a support service near you, or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).

Here are some useful links:

Go to ASIC's MoneySmart website
Try our web-based financial self-help tools
Find more information in our 'Id Wish I'd Known Sooner' report
Learn about Red Shield No Interest Loans

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Reach out early

If you’re feeling financial pressures, reach out as soon as you can. We’ll listen, assess your situation and offer advice on what to do next. No one need go without food, shelter, warmth or even necessities such as school uniforms for the kids. Whatever your financial problems are, we have a range of immediate and long-term options.

First, we make sure you can meet your urgent needs. Over the phone, our SalvosConnect team are able to refer you to one of our SalvosConnect community centres. Once there you can collect pre-approved material assistance, attend appointments and connect with local Salvation Army events in your area. 

Once we understand your situation, our staff can offer advice on the best course of action. You can learn new skills via web-based financial self-help tools. And our No-Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) can provide access to necessities and essential personal items such as bedding, appliances and medical treatments. 

Find a support service near you, or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).


Take it from Sandra

Sandra has been a regular face at one of our emergency relief centres in Melbourne’s west. She started visiting for vouchers and food, and was referred to the on-site financial counsellor. “I was coming in too regularly and they wanted to understand my financial situation a bit better, so they encouraged me to see the counsellor,” she says. “She is great and things have been looking up. I feel a bit less stressed now, so I can think clearer and hopefully get a job... I just wish I’d known sooner that people like this were around.”

Follow Sandra’s lead and reach out if you’re facing financial problems. 

Find a support service near you, or call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58).