BFFS offers a number of group-based programs aimed at strengthening financial literacy or social inclusion.
Although most of our services are provided on a one-to-one basis, we also offer programs that are delivered in a group setting.
Unfortunately these programs are currently on hold due to COVID-19, but we hope to resume them as soon as it is safe to do so.
Credit Breakfree is BFFS financial education program delivered either through one on one with a Financial Capacity worker or Financial Counsellor, or through group workshops in BFFS social support programs. The Program is also run throughout the year through workshops in the Bendigo community.
Financial literacy is defined as the set of skills and knowledge that allows individuals to make informed decisions to understand and manage their finances, allowing them to be informed of financial options and promoting financial independence.
The Program provides the following information to strengthen financial skills:
- Basic budgeting
- Credit management
- Information on credit services available in the area
- Nutrition and basic cooking on a budget
- Financial assistance services available in Bendigo
- Out and about on a budget in Bendigo
- Setting financial goals
Be Connected is for those with no, or limited, computer skills and aims to empower everyone to use the internet and everyday technology.
Through the Be Connected online resources, you will learn the basics of using digital devices and engaging with the internet, including:
- Being safer while online
- Talking to or seeing family and friends who live far away
- Finding new friends who share interests and hobbies
- Connecting with old friends
- Keeping up to date with what’s happening in communities and around the world
- Shopping and selling online, safely and securely.
Australians with low internet skills can often feel isolated from their community and family at a time in their lives when feeling connected is increasingly important. Be Connected aims to change this through a family and community centred approach by supporting community organisations that are committed to digital inclusion and supporting older Australians bridge the digital divide. Be Connected also supports families to mentor a relative or friend to help them be more connected online.