Lanarkshire Credit Union (LCU), formerly Blantyre and South Lanarkshire Credit Union has opened a new outreach service in Carluke. The new Outreach service will be held in Carluke’s Kirkton Church every Monday from 10am to 12 noon, giving residents of Carluke a regular opportunity for face to face contact with the credit union.
The new service was officially opened by the Provost of South Lanarkshire, Councilor Eileen Logan, who was delighted to welcome the new face-to-face Credit Union service to the ward she represents.
The event took place at Kirkton Parish Church on 1.12.15 where attendees were invited to “See how you can benefit” from becoming a Credit Union member. The event was well attended by the community of Carluke, who have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the outreach.
Sue Kehoe is a member of Kirkton Church in Carluke. She is involved with the set-up of the Credit Union at Kirkton and also a member of the Carluke Community Council which initiated the idea of establishing an outlet in Carluke. Sue told us “Carluke Community Council members were aware that many people are under financial pressures and wanted to offer an alternative to the loan companies which charge exorbitant interest rates. We were delighted to be able to work in partnership with Lanarkshire Credit Union as it would have been more difficult to go it alone. Several venues for the outreach service were explored but the hall at Kirkton Church was chosen as it was well placed and offered free of charge. We now have a team of 10 volunteers and the churches in the town, Carluke Community Council and Lanarkshire Credit Union have been most supportive. Our joint aim is to offer a face to face service that will benefit anyone who needs it.”
LCU’s Allister Cassells, who has been heavily involved with this project since the outset, said: “The Credit Union has been working together with the Carluke Community Council to bring a Credit Union service to Carluke.
“Credit Unions have a very different business model to banks and serve the whole community, meaning people don’t have to approach payday lenders or other high cost lenders. LCU also offers Life Savings Protection at no extra cost which could provide your family with a single lump sum payment to cover end of life expense in the event of your death.”
Founded in 1991 to serve the community of Blantyre, LCU has expanded over the years to serve anyone who lives or works in Lanarkshire. LCU has grown into one of the largest Credit Unions in Britain, with over 14,000 members and more than £14 million in assets. The credit union’s Savvy Savers schools project has been a particular success, attracting more than 7,000 junior depositors most of which come from their Savvy Savers Project which works with over 80 schools across South Lanarkshire.
LCU also has branches in Blantyre and Rutherglen which are open six days a week, and a branch in Larkhall which is open Monday to Friday.
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