On 9 December 2016 Dr Murdo Macdonald, (SRT Project Policy Officer) attended the ABCUL Scotland Conference in Glasgow.
Around 100 people from various credit union backgrounds attended the conference. Delegates heard from speakers including Angela Constance MSP, (Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security & Equalities); Yvonne MacDermid, (Chief Executive Money Advice Scotland); Anne MacPherson, (Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development NHSGGC) and Katie Evans, (Head of Research and Policy, Money & Mental Health).
Along with Karen Armstrong, (Scottish Government) and Bobby Gould, (CUNA Mutual), Murdo presented at one of the workshops: Creating a Fairer Scotland – What role for credit unions? Murdo talked about the Church’s work over the last few years to promote membership and connections with credit unions within its congregations.
This has included the introduction of the discussion starter leaflets for churches, Credit Union: a common bond for a common good and 10 Ways your Church can get involved with credit unions.
The SRT Project also continues to share stories where churches have successfully linked up with their local Credit Unions by offering space for outreach branches and volunteering staff: you can read more about this here. If your church has any links with your local credit union, we would love to hear from you.
Don’t forget the Church now has its own credit union. In February 2015 the Church of Scotland partnered with Anglican Churches in Britain and the Methodist Church in Britain to launch the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union (CMCU). Membership application from the Church of Scotland is open to lay or ordained ministers, elders and anyone in a recognised position within the Church such as Church officers. It is also open to anyone in paid employment with the partner Churches or a Church based charity. Find out more at www.cmcu.org.uk
The Church’s Credit Union support work is led by Karen Hunter as part of her role as SRT Project Coordinator. If you would like more information on any of the above, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org