British Credit Union Historical Society

Since it was set up in 1992, the National Association of Credit Union Workers (NACUW)) has been the only professional association for credit union workers throughout Britain (whether employees or volunteer staff of a credit union, or those who provide support, training or development advice). During that time its members have worked with the majority of credit unions in Britain. Most of its members being managers and staff actively working in credit unions across the country.

NACUW has had an important representational role as its members work in all types and sizes of credit unions. This has enabled it to offer a unique perspective to government and the regulatory authorities on improvements to policies, legislation and the regulation of the credit union sector. The British credit union movement is now well established and has seen many changes during this period. As a consequence of these many changes, some of the needs met by NACUW in the past have become less important. 

Each of the the Credit Unions opperating in Cornwall has a representative that sits on the ACCU board. The board decides on countywide policy and strategy, working  together to develop a joined up approach to credit unions in Cornwall. The ACCU board meets every two to three months for a workshopped meeting that will examine individual issues that face Cornish credit unions.

ACCU’s remit is to provide training and networking opportunities for the Cornish credit unions and produce generic promotional material. It also gains funding to support its activities and looks into partnerships work that will enable a larger degree of sustainablity.


ACCU provide training that includes

  • Induction Training
  • Directors Training
  • Credit Committee
  • Front of House Training

Away Days

ACCU hosts two Themed Away Days a year. In November last year we focused on Sustainablity looking at how credit unions can work together and share resources and  developing partnerships and strategys that will allow us to be less dependant on grants.

Member Credit Unions Kernow Credit Union, Kerrier & Fal Credit Union, Mid Cornwall Credit Union, Seccure Credit Union and The Slate Credit Union.


ACCU have established a free phone number 0800131 3804  that can enable callers to contact the credit in their common bond.

Scottish League of Credit Unions 31 Credit Unions founded in 1994. In 1992 a Scottish Credit Union study group was formed. It originally comprised of seven Credit Unions, mostly affiliated to the NFCU, which were  apparently unhappy that the movement was largely directed from England.In March 1994 their set of model rules was approved.

(Source Registry of Friendly Societies- CREDIT UNIONS IN GREAT BRITIAN A REVIEW OF THE YEARS 1979-1995)

 The Scottish League of Credit Unions is in supporting small to medium sized Credit Unions, at whatever stage of development is deemed appropriate by the members of each Credit Union. We recognise and respect the different needs and aspirations of individual Credit Unions and we do not seek to impose any particular model or developmental path. Our core purpose is to ensure that our member Credit Unions become and remain: Compliant --> Sustainable --> Ethical


We do this by focusing on the key themes of:

Education through on-site & group training sessions using ready-made materials or bespoke solutions

Advice on legal, compliance, regulatory & financial issues

Networking by encouraging formal & informal contact between member CU’s, volunteers and staff

Facilitation where member CU’s wish to co-ordinate or work together to achieve common goals

Representation to Regulator, local, Scottish & UK Government, other CU organisations and the media

Promotion by developing common branding material templates, customisable by Credit Unions

Tyrone Federation of Credit Unions(TFCU) 13 Credit Union members In September 2004 the Tyrone Federation of Credit Unions was formed. MTCU decided to sever their links with the Ulster Federation to join the new Tyrone Federation. 


Latest comments

18.08 | 14:55

I am very proud to be a part of the credit union and the ethos of people helping people.

Congratulations to No1 CopperPot.

27.08 | 20:58

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14.07 | 04:57

A very inspiring and educational experience. It awaken my interest to serve the community.

01.07 | 13:06

As schools Development Worker for Unify Credit Union, I found the schools project resources very useful.... some really good ideas, Thank you x

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