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Cost of Living Crisis: Help to Find Help


The Burning Cost Of Living
In Western Sydney, the cost-of-living crisis is all too real. Families are increasingly reaching out to services for support. So here are some ways can you get support and some saving tips.

School Fees
Across public and private schools, parents are being asked to contribute more money. But what happens when you can’t pay the fees? In the first instance, approach the school directly. Private schools may be able to offer a payment plan, scholarships, sibling discounts and special circumstances reduction of fees.
Public school fees are not compulsory, however subject fees and excursions can often add up. No child will be excluded for a parent’s inability to pay fees.

Breakfast Clubs
Most schools have a breakfast club. Not only are they free, but children can socialise and get a healthy breakfast to start the day. If your school doesn’t have a club, look to your local community or neighbourhood centre. Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Centre runs a Brekky Club, Monday to Friday from 7.30- 8.45 am during the school term at 17 Hosking St Cranebrook.

Grocery Shopping
Look for specials either online, on apps or using the catalogues. Try to buy the fruit and vegetables that are in season and if possible, go to the markets, farms or consider joining a food co-op. Check social media for businesses that sell imperfect fruit and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.
Consider joining budget cooking groups on social media as this can help stretch your budget further.
Food Bank also has a list of community pantries and food donation organisations, and you can search by suburb. For more information about them, go to

Utility Bills
If you are experiencing bill stress, try contacting your provider directly and they may be able to arrange a payment plan or bill extension. Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) helps people who are struggling to pay their electricity or gas bill because of a short-term financial hardship, crisis, or emergency. For more information

Service NSW
Service NSW has a comprehensive list of savings that can help with the cost of living. There is a range of savings and concessions that can found on their website,

Financial Counselling
Financial counselling is a free service, available through several organisations. Financial counsellors consolidate and manage debt and control your finances. Call The National Debt Hotline or visit their website


Article Written + Submitted by

Sussan Omar | Parenting Facilitator

Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services


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