British Credit Union Historical Society

Haven Credit Union Ltd

Haven Credit Union began life as Pembroke Borough Credit Union in 1993, as a service for the areas of Pembroke, Monkton and Pembroke Dock. In 2002 Pembroke Borough Credit Union amalgamated with the newly formed Credit Union encompassing the extra towns of Milford Haven, Neyland, Haverford west and the surrounding areas. Since then, Haven Credit Union, as we are now known, has grown from strength to strength, working closely with local employers, housing associations and community groups.  Our 'common bond' - the area in which we operate - now covers the whole of Pembrokeshire. On 13 March 2015, Haven Credit Union Limited was placed into Administration and has now ceased trading. 

Lasa Credit Union Ltd (My Community Bank)

Loans and Savings Abertawe (LASA) Credit Union Ltd was originally founded as ‘The Hill Community Credit Union’ in 1992. The Credit Union’s common bond covered the Townhill area of Swansea, and through the dedicated work of volunteers (some of which are still part of the Credit Union today) it provided loans and savings accounts to the people of Townhill. In 2002 the Credit Union expanded to cover all of Swansea, and became LASA (pronounced laser) Loans and Savings Abertawe. The Credit Union was located in Cradock Street, Swansea until they moved offices in 2008 to Calvert Terrace. Although the Calvert Terrace office was in no way perfect, it was necessary to move to the premises as a cost-cutting measure, and prolong the future of the Credit Union. With the Credit Union in a positive position, in early February 2012, they moved premises to location; 139 Walter Road. These premises were very much improved from the Calvert Terrace office. Over the years they have been able to employ people to operate the day to day running of the Credit Union, however the Board of Directors remains volunteer led, and still rely on volunteers in the office and in the community to help run the Credit Union. Clase community school wanted to introduce a saving scheme for pupils to help in numerical skills and the importance of saving. Some of the pupils were trained as junior bankers and awarded a certificate in junior banking. As of March 2013, they had four paid employees and over thirty volunteers. In April 2014 they launched the online account access for members who can check their balances at their convenience, request a withdrawal from their savings, or apply for a loan through the ‘Members Area’ of the website. The credit union also looked in to offering Cash ISAs for the 2015/16 financial year. In February 2016 the members agreed to change its name to "My Community Bank Wales" and become a branch of a credit union originally called Brent Shrine Credit Union, which was first formed in 1979 to serve people living or working in the London Borough of Brent. Now an online Credit Union serving communities across the UK. My Community Bank is one of the three credit unions which form the My Community Bank network covering England, Scotland and Wales.

Lasa Credit Union Trading as My Community Bank is no Longer trading as from November 2018

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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.

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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