Become a budget adviser
We are able to offer a free service because of the many hundreds of budget advisers who want to give something back to their communities! These 850+ advisers worked with around 55,000 client families last year and are just everyday people who have a real desire to help others.
Each member of the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services (NZFFBS) decides if they want more budget advisers. If you think volunteering might be for you then click the link below and talk to your nearest budgeting service, or call 0508 BUDGETLINE for more information.
Benefits of volunteering
There are many benefits to becoming a volunteer budget adviser. In fact, NZFFBS certificated budget advisers enjoy their work so much that many of them are still doing it ten years later, even twenty, or more! Some of our advisers have had to move to different towns for other commitments and the first thing they did was to seek out another NZFFBS service to keep volunteering! Some of our advisers are previous clients who found the whole process so life-changing that as soon as they were back on their feet they started training as an adviser to pass on their new skills to others.
So what makes being a budget adviser so rewarding?
Being a budget adviser can be very rewarding.
First, there can be a sense of instant gratification that many other types of volunteering can’t offer. Negotiating with creditors to stop a client’s electricity or phone being cut off for instance can give you quick results and a sense of achievement.
Secondly, the in-depth work advisers do with their clients can offer a real deep sense of satisfaction. The process can turn lives around. Every adviser has that one story of a client they helped from deep debt crisis right through to financial independence. And because you often work so closely with the client’s family/whanau you can get a real buzz from knowing the whole family is now better off.
Then there’s the training. The Budget Adviser Introductory Course is a comprehensive initial training program developed and improved by budget advice experts over 30 years. And there is also ongoing training: every year we’ll increase your skills with training on such things as consumer rights, insolvency law, benefit advocacy, identifying addictions, culture awareness, and advanced negotiations to name a few.
Finally, the resources, support and networking benefits of being an NZFFBS budget adviser are superb. The NZFFBS takes care of all of your resource needs. We print and distribute all the pamphlets, posters, forms, guides and stationery you need to allow you to concentrate on the advising. Your budgeting service will provide all the support you need. Regular in-service training and support sessions allow you to confidentially discuss difficult cases and senior advisers and service coordinators / managers are always on hand to help you out.
And then there’s the network… remember that when you volunteer at your local service you become part of one of the largest community organisations in the country. This gives you the opportunity to attend district and regional meetings and the biennial conference where you can meet other advisers and feel a real sense of being part of something big.