Darlington Credit Union urges people to sign up to mark international event (From The Advertiser Series)
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Darlington Credit Union urges people to sign up to mark international event
THE co-ordinator of Darlington’s Credit Union has urged people to sign up to the service to take advantage of a loan over the Christmas period.
To celebrate International Credit Union Day, which this year has the theme Credit Unions united for good; a better way, the Darlington branch of the union has highlighted some of its work in the local community.
Since it began operating in 2009, the credit union has collected three quarters of a million pounds in savings and loaned out more than half a million pounds to its 3,200 members.
The union operates a junior savings programme in 11 primary schools across Darlington, helping more than 1,000 to save up more than £40,000 between them.
A new pay roll scheme has also been set up to help the 8,000 employees of County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust save regularly, and people living in social housing have been given the opportunity to set up an account that helps them to budget properly.
Tony Brockley, co-ordinator of the Darlington branch, said: “We want to use International Credit Union Day to get the message out there in Darlington that the credit union is very active and vibrant and we welcome all new members.
“If anyone out there is looking to get a loan over the Christmas period they need to start saving regularly with us in the next two weeks to meet our qualifying criteria for a loan in that time. We would encourage people to come down and start saving with us.”
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