Whatever situation you find yourself in getting information about any government assistance you might be entitled to is important. Many people who are entitled to financial assistance don’t realise they are, so find out as much information as you can. Sometimes people may feel shame about reaching out for financial assistance, especially if it is the first time they have needed to. However, we are all entitled to help when we need it and it is there to help support you and your whānau.
Sometimes the system can be hard to navigate,so you may like to find someone who can help guide you through. Do you know others that have sought financial support before? Perhaps reach out to your rūnunga, local church, or other organisations that may be connected to things happening in the community.
“My mum has always worked as hard as she can to understand the system to do her best to provide for us kids. During COVID-19 she is sharing that knowledge to help other whānau understand what they are entitled to and how to get it, especially for people who are now dealing with the system for the first time. If you understand the system and you have the time, maybe reach out on Facebook and see who you can help. She feels awesome that she can help people right now with what she has learned over the years.” (Dad of one child).