Tomorrow (18th October) will see Credit Unions across the world celebrating International Credit Union Day.
Every year, on the third Thursday of October since 1948, credit unions have celebrated their unique way of banking and this year they are celebrating their members, with the theme: ‘Members Matter Most.’
“In the face of all challenges, credit unions have always existed to serve their members,” said Brian Branch, World Council of Credit Unions president and CEO. “The clear and simple message, ‘Members Matter Most,’ summarises credit unions’ reason for being.”
International Credit Union Day is particularly important this year as it is taking place during the United Nations’ International Year of Cooperatives.
The day will be marked in 100 countries where 155,000 credit unions serve 196 million people.
Locally this year has seen the Manchester Credit Union extend it’s operations to the High Peak, with weekly sessions running from Gamesley.
Credit unions are often a financial lifeline for so many, offering members flexible saving accounts, low interest loans, current accounts and insurance services and they can even help those who have difficulty accessing mainstream financial services. Almost one million people across the UK now use a credit union, including over 119,000 junior savers.
If you would like to find out more about the credit union or if you’d like to joint, you can go along on a Tuesday between 9am and 4pm to the Housing Office on Winster Mews, or on Thursday’s from 11am until 2pm at the Sport and Community Centre or you can contact the Manchester Credit Union on 0161 231 5222, or visit www.manchestercreditunion.co.uk to further details or to become a member.