Church Credit Champions Network calls for churches to encourage affordable credit
Along with colleagues in the Dioceses of London and Southwark, the network is encouraging local churches to raise awareness of affordable credit during the month of June by opening ‘pop-up shops’ for their local credit unions in church after the main service to give out information and encourage people to join.
Julia Webster, Church Credit Champions Network Coordinator, explained: “As most local credit unions won’t have enough staff to run each ‘pop up shop’, we’re asking for volunteers from each participating church to help out, with the support of awareness training from the Network which takes just an hour of your time.
“It’s a great opportunity for your church to help people become more financially resilient - research shows that more than 60% of the population have less than one week’s salary in savings, little wonder then that so many are finding themselves in serious debt. Joining a credit union can be transformational for people with many saving for the first time in their lives.”
The network, launched in May 2014 as a response to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s critique of pay day lenders such as Wonga, aims to encourage Christians to invest in credit unions so they can increase their opportunities to lend to more people.
If your church would be interested in participating please email Julia Webster: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 705 2194.