Salford’s first Credit Union Awareness Week 17-21 October

It is a landmark date in the calendar for Salford Credit Union this week, as we launch the city’s first every Credit Union Awareness Week. (October 17-21)

The aim of the campaign is to help people break the cycle of high cost borrowing and escape debt by highlighting how we have a better way to save, borrow and plan for tomorrow.

In the last 12 months, Salford Credit Union has helped save its members £1million, gaining more than 2,000 members in the last four years, but we know there are many more people out there we could be helping and we want to help.

Hundreds of people in the city from single mums, working families and young and older single people are turning to pay day lenders, high cost credit cards and doorstep lenders to help get them through each month or when they need an essential purchase, whether that be when a washing machine breaking down or unforeseen car repairs crop up.

I would urge all these people to get in touch with us and become members- our members are at the heart of everything that we do. We encourage everyone to save and we offer an ethical way to take out a loan and break free from the cycle of debt that far too many of us are familiar with. We are there when you need, helping you with a fair deal on our loans, and giving you an easy way to save for your future.

On top of that, all the money in Salford Credit Union stays local- we use members’ savings to make loans to local people- no outside shareholders or big bankers bonuses.

And it is now easier than ever to join with our new online services and application process, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website or speak to a member of staff, who can offer friendly advice with no judgement on your circumstances.

Please look out for us across Salford during the Credit Union Awareness Week as we will be asking you to take the #BreakTheCycle Challenge.

Here are some dates for your diary:

  • SURC Tuesday 18th 1-4.30pm
  • Pendleton Gateway Wednesday 19th October 11.00-3pm and
  • Civic Centre, Swinton, Thursday 20th30-1.30pm

Come along for a chat about how to #BreakTheCycle or even have a go on our campaign juice bike.

You can also enter our competition to win an Afternoon Tea for Two at The Lowry Hotel by answering the following question:

How much has Salford Credit Union saved members in loan interest in the last year?

  1. a) £1million
  2. b) £20,000
  3. c) £100,000

Just email with your answer, name and contact number.

Lastly, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in supporting this landmark week in our calendar, from Salford Council, Mayor Paul Dennett, MPs Rebecca Long Bailey and Barbara Keeley and partners Salford Community Leisure, Salix Homes and members of the public. Follow our campaign on twitter: @CUSalford and Facebook.

And we look forward to hearing from you to help you #BreakTheCycle of debt for Salford.

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