Vinnies helps ease back-to-school struggles

The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies) is expecting a peak in demand for emergency relief services as more families struggle with the cost of living as their children go back to school.

School uniforms, books, stationery, and other essential items for children’s return to school are expensive for families, and so Vinnies have launched the School Essentials Appeal.

“We experienced unprecedented demand for emergency relief in 2023 and we know that it will only increase as back to school expenses rack up,” Vinnies Member Terry Kay said

“Last year we had some generous donors give us funds to directly help a number of families with vouchers so they could buy uniforms, shoes and other items for the school year.”

To pay for school items some families sacrifice the food they put on their tables, or payments for rent or bills.

“We rely on schools to identify families that may need assistance and encourage them to come and see us to see what we can do to assist,” Mr Kay said.

“It is critical that we are there for all Tasmanians when they call on us.”

Vinnies CEO Heather Kent said that demand for services is at an all-time high due to the cost of living crisis.

“We know that there will be families that have financially struggled through Christmas only to be hit with the costs of getting their children back to school, which for many will see them need emergency assistance,” she said.

“School books, uniforms, school camps and excursions are all things we don’t want our children to miss out on, but it can be a bridge too far for many at this time of year.

“Not being able to afford these items are a stress on parents and carers and add to the anxiety of starting school for young people.

“We are asking those who can to help struggling Tasmanians families with the costs of returning to school and donate to our School Essentials Appeal.”

To donate visit the Vinnies Tasmania website or donate at a Vinnies store or office.

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