Merthyr Tydfil Credit Union calls for volunteers
More volunteers needed to help Welsh communities access ethical savings and loans following financial impact of Covid-19 according to Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union as we celebrate Volunteer Week (June 1-7, 2021) .
The High Street-based member-owned financial cooperative Merthyr Tydfil relies on the voluntary support of individuals who help them with their decision-making and day-to-day operations.
This has been especially significant over the past year when Covid-19 lockdown restrictions impacted people’s finances due to unemployment, time off or reduced hours.
Delyth Shearing, Managing Director of Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Unions, said:
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the credit union movement as they take on a wide range of roles, from managing collection points to being a board member.
“Whether it’s providing face-to-face customer service or helping run the credit union itself, we just couldn’t be successful without them.
“As restrictions begin to ease across the country, we want to encourage more people who may have suffered financially during the lockdown to access our ethical financial services. Therefore, the need for more volunteers to help make a real difference in the financial well-being of people within their own communities is greater than ever. “
The 37th Volunteer Week is celebrated by small local organizations as well as larger and well-known charities, which together organize hundreds of activities across the UK.
According to the National Council of Voluntary Organizations, in 2018/19, 19.4 million people volunteered through a group at least once a year and over 11.9 million did so at least once a year. times per month. The voluntary sector is estimated to have contributed £ 18.2 billion to the UK economy.
Castle Park volunteer Pat Lewis, Merthyr Tydfil, knows all too well the importance of the movement after growing up in Belfast, where credit unions are very popular.
“My whole family depended on credit unions for savings and loans because they didn’t like banks, so I grew up in that environment and it remains an important part of my life today. she said.
“Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union is an incredible help to people who might otherwise be excluded from financial services and just wanted to play a part in something that is truly valued in a community.”
Volunteers can help shape the future of credit unions by presenting themselves as a volunteer board member at the AGM. The range of board members of credit unions differs according to living conditions, professions and experience.
Volunteering can help people gain valuable new skills and experiences, which helps them develop a CV and strengthen their professional skills.
It also builds confidence and helps people realize how valuable they are to an organization through their volunteer work.
For more information on how to become a volunteer contact Merthyr Tydfil Borough Credit Union on 01685 377888 or email mtbcu.org.uk