Budgeting, returning to the workforce and understanding superannuation will be the key topics covered in a series of Wagga workshops aimed at helping women build financial confidence and wellbeing.
The Wagga Women's Health Centre economic wellbeing program has secured a $10,000 grant from Westpac and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to host three workshops this financial year once pandemic restrictions allow.
Economic Wellbeing Worker Emma Creasy said about 99 per cent of women who had experienced domestic violence had also experienced some form of financial abuse, and these workshops would be trauma-informed to assist women in building their confidence at their own pace.
"It's about just generating that knowledge and practising the skills so if we need them, they're there and we can use what we have to do what we need to do and meet our needs and the needs of our children," she said.
"Knowledge is power ... it means we can actually make informed decisions that are right for us."
Ms Creasy said financial wellbeing, along with social, physical and educational wellbeing all played a role in building confidence.
"It creates a healthy relationship with ourselves and that's really important, it's a stepping stone to the whole person's wellbeing," she said.
The three workshops will involve guest experts, with a budgeting and economic wellbeing workshop covering the fundamentals of budgeting, a returning to the workforce seminar addressing job applications and interview techniques and a third workshop explaining how to make the most of superannuation.
Ms Creasy said the latter two would also cover some of the changes caused by coronavirus, with changes in the job market and impacts on superannuation caused by the pandemic.
She said while it had been a tough year with the impacts of bushfires and the pandemic, it was important for women and men to know there were plenty of resources available for them to take the first step with their financial, physical and emotional wellbeing.
"Regardless of whether we have bushfires or a pandemic, there is assistance and support available for women and men," she said.
"There are places they can call, there are people they can turn to and even during this time which is very difficult, they're not alone."