Brotherhood of St Laurence staff presenting the Women’s Financial Wellbeing Hub to committee chair Julian Hill and deputy chair Russell Broadbent. ​

The Brotherhood of St Laurence showcased its successful Women’s Financial Wellbeing Hub to members of the Federal Government’s Select Committee on Workforce Australia Employment Services in Seymour last week.

The SEED project, which stands for sustaining, economic empowerment and dignity for women, is a voluntary initiative that launched in November last year to tackle financial barriers and employment for women in the Seymour region.

Select committee chair Julian Hill and deputy chair Russell Broadbent sat with program participants to review how the workshops and one-on-one support have improved financial wellbeing and employment.

Brotherhood of St Laurence executive director Travers McLeod, who hosted the meeting with staff, said the visit highlighted the positive results of the ‘one-of-a-kind’ program, which the organisation hoped to expand across Victoria and nationally in the future.

“The SEED Project gives women in the Seymour area access to tailored advice, assistance and resources, empowering them to take ownership of their finances and build pathways for economic and social participation,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to see first-hand how much it has enriched the lives of those have participated.”

The Women’s Financial Wellbeing Hub is located at 47A Anglesey Street, Seymour and is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am to 5pm for members to join.