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Balancing the Books – free finance training for women across the Limestone Coast

Over 100 women will improve their financial skills thanks to the new Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast (RDALC) program ‘Balancing the Books’.

RDALC successfully applied for State Government Grants SA Medium Round funding to deliver ‘Balancing the Books’, which will be rolled out across the Limestone Coast over the next 6 months. The program is aimed at women, and people that identify as women, who have not had the opportunity to develop financial skills, such as household budgeting.

The ‘Balancing the Books’ program will deliver seven finance workshops that will boost confidence, help navigate basic bookkeeping, as well as small business finance basics. For those needing more detailed financial guidance, a one-hour one-on-one mentoring session will also be available to reinforce the learnings from the workshop.

The program will support women to increase their financial literacy and to be on a more even playing field in life, work, and their desire to start or grow a business said Rachael Ashman, RDALC Manager, Business and Workforce Development.

“We want to support rural and regional women to gain the skills and knowledge required to increase their economic security, broaden their career options, and to help them grow their own businesses” said Ms Ashman.

“The delivery of Balancing the Books will fill an existing gap in our region given currently there is no free regional finance literacy training available in the Limestone Coast. We welcome the support provided by the Department of Human Services through their funding, acknowledging that work needs to be done to close the financial literacy gap in our region” said David Wheaton, RDALC CEO.

The first of the free workshops will be held in Millicent on Tuesday 27 September at the Millicent Civic and Arts Centre. Starting at 10:30AM, Charted Accountant and Business Advisor Julie Allerton will deliver the session. This session will also be supported by Tracy Brockhoff from ‘Nourish Your Numbers’, who will provide mentoring for participants.

Sessions have also been confirmed for Kingston SE on Tuesday 11 October and Bordertown on Tuesday 25 October, with other dates and locations to follow. Further information, and to book your spot, please email amena@rdalc.org.au or call 8723 1057.


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