8 October 2013.
The Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman, today visited EdenSave credit union. The Bishop of Penrith said: “I’m delighted to become a member of EdenSave Credit Union and to join over 200 million people around the world who will be marking International Credit Union Day on 17th October.
“We can all help make our local credit unions stronger by using their services and perhaps volunteering our skills. I would encourage others to take the time this month to open a savings account or to consider using the credit union if they need a loan. I would also urge local employers to help their staff access the services of a credit union by helping people to pay in through payroll deduction – this is the most valuable way we can protect people from the high cost lenders that have become so prevalent in our society.
“With a successful credit union in our community, we can be safe in the knowledge that people in need of affordable financial services have somewhere to turn when they may otherwise be tempted into reliance on high cost, risky lenders.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging churches to work with credit unions to enable more people to access local, ethical and affordable financial services. Credit unions in over 100 countries are celebrating ICU Day and this year’s theme of Unite for Good – a better way.