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Brecon & District Credit Union Ltd

Was operating from 1995 operating in a largely rural area of Wales the credit union has its local communities at the heart of all of its operations and they are proud of what they have achieved for their communities over the past twenty years. Celebrating 20 years of providing financial services to local communities in South Powys Brecon & District Credit Union celebrated its 20th Birthday at the end of July 2015. Founding members Pamela Manning and Christine Lewis joined in with the celebrations. Assembly Member Kirsty Williams cut the cake and wished the credit union well for the next 20 years.

Bag Credit Union Ltd

BAG Credit Union was registered in April 1992. For over 20 years’ people in the Greater Bargoed area have achieved a better way of life through participation in their credit union. This opportunity is open to everyone who lives or works in the Upper Rhymney from Ystrad Mynach in the south to Rhymney in the north. The Credit Union has grown steadily over the ensuing years within the Common Bond. BAG Credit Union formerly known as Bargoed, Aberbargoed and Gilfach Credit Union will be celebrating 25 years of business in 2017. BAG Credit Union is a very traditional “old model” credit union that covers a small number of Valleys communities in the Rhymney Valley in the county borough of Caerphilly in Wales. The credit Union’s intensions are to hold various events throughout June which was the first month of collecting back in 1992. BAG Credit Union currently has over 2000 adult members, 410 junior members. Adult shares are close to £2m and loans to members stand at around £1.3m. 

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. 

Gateway Credit Union Ltd

On the 19th November 1996 the Register of Friendly Societies formally registered the Pontypool and District Credit Union Ltd. We opened quietly on February 7th 1997. The Benefice Council took it upon itself to form a working party that would look into the implications of a Credit Union, to find the level of interest that might already be in the community, to stimulate some interest and seek some kind of response. This small group took a practical approach and immediately set about contacting as many groups as possible in the area.  Fifteen people at the meeting expressed an interest and a willingness to train. We saw the formation of the Steering Group. Training was financed by a grant awarded by the County Council. As we have grown we have made a deliberate effort to market the Credit Union in certain places. 

On the 7th August 2008, at the invitation of North Abergavenny Communities First, we expanded our common bond to include Monmouthshire and became Gateway Credit Union Limited. We currently have a presence in most towns in our area, served from the Head Office at 21 Commercial Street, Pontypool, which we now own.


Islwyn Community Credit Union Ltd

It was at the start of November 1998 that the Register of Friendly Societies formally registered the North Islwyn Credit Union. Following on from this our first collection point was held in the Wesley Centre on Saturday November 7th. 

The formal registration came as a result of, near on, two years of training by the Steering Group.   The support given to us The Wesley Centre in Blackwood was vital. Not only did they provide us with our first collection point but also an office to operate from. 
BAGS Credit Union also gave us practical day to day advice. These good working relationships, built up in those early days, still continue today even in our schools. 

Early in 2003 we expanded our common bond to include all parts of the Islwyn constituency and changed our name to become Islwyn Community Credit Union Limited (ICCU), and opened the Risca collection point.



LASA Swansea's Credit Union lTD

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 we 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, we moved premises to where we are currently located; 139 Walter Road. Our current premises are very much improved from the Calvert Terrace office.

Over the years we have been able to employ people to operate the day to day running of the Credit Union, however our Board of Directors remains volunteer led, and we still rely on volunteers in the office and in the community to help run the Credit Union. As of March 2013 we have four paid employees and over thirty volunteers.

In April 2014 we are launching 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.

We are also looking to offer Cash ISAs for the 2015/16 financial year.

In February 2016 the members agreed  to change its name to "My Community Bank Wales"

A Is a trading name of Lasa Credit Union (Loans and Savings Abertawe) 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 are trained as junior bankers and awarded a certificate in junior banking. My community bank has grown out of a credit union 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. In 2013 the common bond was extended to include members and supporters of the “British” South Asian Community across the UK. My Community Bank is as British as curry. Open nationwide to all who are members of associations concerned with the culture, cuisine, finance or welfare of the South Asian community in the UK. 2017/8 the common bond has been extended further to cover anyone who is a member of Financial Education and Awareness. FEA is a new charity who aim to help people educate themselves in how to be financially responsible, independent and improve their financial well-being. The charity focuses on self-help and learning to improve people’s financial well-beingmembership of FEA is free and is open to the general public schools project. In September 2018 the credit union closed. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has stepped in to repay members of Loans and Savings Abertawe Credit Union (UK) Limited, which trades as My Community Bank Wales. 


All Flintshire Credit Union Ltd

Holywell and District Credit Union Limited was registered in December 1997 Mrs Freda Hynes thought of the idea of forming a credit union after seeing how successful they could be while spending time in Canada in the 1960s. Mrs Hynes took an active role in the running of the Union and served in many roles, including vice chair, acting secretary and publicity officer. Freda was after many years of service was presented with a retirement gift by her colleagues. Mr. Tecwyn Jones also a founder of the credit union says it all began in 1992 in Holywell with two members, with only £25 available to lenders and the branches in Mold and Deeside followed soon after. Three joined together in 2001 to form the All Flintshire Credit Union, with a membership of 1,800. It was quite a lengthy process to have the group recognised.  The website introduced in 2013 offered simple navigation for local people to find out details of the services offered by the credit union. The Bryn Gwalia Communities First, in conjunction with the All Flintshire Credit Union, unveiled the new junior credit union at Bryn Gwalia Primary School in 2013. The school was delighted to be involved with the scheme and has encouraged all the children to participate. Members celebrated the Credit Union reaching a record landmark in the group’s 18-year history. Credit Unions across Wales in 2018 will receive over £844,000 of funding over two years for projects supporting communities who are struggling financially.

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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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