I'd love to read your thoughts and suggestions on this.
After a good few chats with my local bank manageress I have suggested they should produce an information pack for new arrivals.
This is a local bank (Bank SA - I guess it is ok to mention their name Lisa?).
I have always been happy with this bank and find you are treated as a person .I'm always greeted by name in the bank and find all the staff to be friendly.I bank at the Morphett Vale branch.
The manageress and the bank have taken this suggestion on board wholeheartedly and they are in the process of producing this pack now.
I know that other banks do welcome new migrants and most are pleased with the service.I feel that this pack if done correctly can be invaluable.I know of only one bank that attends the expo's in the UK and they seem to have a monopoly - this might change if I can talk the bank into having an agent to mail out the info packs in the UK.
Now the bank is actually listening to me and seem to be taking the whole project very seriously.
They have come up with a few ideas themselves such as local info/bin days/public services and so on.So hopefully the pack will not be just promoting their services.
I have asked them to include a section explaining the banking system here in layman's terms and I think I've given them the differences.
We have been invited out to lunch to by the bank to discuss this further with the manageress and a big-wig from the city.
I'd love to hear and pass on any suggestion you have.
It looks like I get a meal out of it and migrants get another source of info.