Credit union seeks to strengthen backroom staff…
Portishead-based Somerset Savings and Loans is particularly keen on attracting people from a financial background to help and advise clients trying to manage their finances without recourse to payday loans. They are also asking for help with their marketing and office work.
The credit union is also looking to work with local groups throughout Somerset to spread its services to all areas of the county.
Treasurer Paul Urch said the credit union’s re-launch at the beginning of the year had put increased strain on a small number of staff struggling to cope with a fourfold increase in membership.
He said: “People with a financial background, especially retired banking staff, would help us deal with the ever increasing paperwork this has generated.”
Widespread publicity about the dangers of pay day loans and the activities of local loan sharks has driven people to join the Somerset-wide credit union, which also operates a drop in centre at the Bournville estate in Weston-super-Mare.
Paul Urch went on: “The public is also getting the message we offer a fully professional alternative to the High Street banking houses as well as the payday loan companies.
“We have also paid a two per cent dividend on savings held for the past two years.”
The recent visit of the Archdeacon of Bath and subsequent church investment into the credit union has also extended the organisation’s effectiveness.
“We are looking for volunteers with a banking background who can help our clients get to grips with and manage their family finances. Their sector expertise could be vital in encouraging saving and low cost borrowing within the local community.”
Paul said the way the credit union had brought diverse elements of the community together had been central to its success.
“We have people from all walks of life from substantial savers and investors to families who need that little bit of help to meet an unexpected bill or to buy that new household item.”
The voluntary role could involve manning phones at Somerset Savings and Loans offices in Portishead or helping out at the satellite office on the Bournville estate in Weston-super-Mare.
Paul Urch concluded: “People think of credit unions in terms of standing around in draughty church halls collecting money. But the reality is very different and we believe there are hundreds of people out there with the skills we need to expand our operations even further.”
Based at Kestrel Court, Portishead, Somerset Savings and Loans offers membership to anyone living or working in North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset or the County of Somerset.
Anybody interested in offering their skills should contact the credit union on 01275 390649.
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