CUW Awards: Member Making A Difference
Credit Unions of Wales Awards – Member Making a Difference
The Member Making a Difference category of the Credit Unions of Wales Awards 2018 recognises those members who have borrowed or saved with their Credit Union in order to benefit their community.
This could also include community groups or fundraising campaigns in a specific area.
The nominations for this award are:
David Mayne has been nominated in the Member Making a Difference category for his tireless efforts to promote Smart Money Credit Union in his own community.
David recognised that in his own rural community of Elliotstown in New Tredegar, some people felt lonely and isolated.
David worked with likeminded people to setup the Glynsifi Community & Monday Night Club.
Once he formed a committee, a constitution was agreed and a corporate account was opened with Smart Money Cymru.
This community account is used for club savings, subscriptions and allows them to apply for funding for additional money.
This fund is utilised to assist with combating loneliness and isolation by giving the feel -good factor of being part of a community and therefore improving mental health and wellbeing.
As well as using Gateway Credit Union for her own family’s needs, Nicola is one of the leading lights in Trevethin Matters Community Group which was established to improve lives through community cohesion.
The group has filled a gap in what are difficult times in one of Wales’s largest social housing estates, where welfare reform has made many families poorer and homelessness and poverty is increasing.
The group has taken over and refurbished the community centre and now runs events for the community there.
In its first year, they have run Christmas events, gifts for the homeless and elderly, a summer holiday project for children on the estate, a summer fair, open mic nights, a singing competition, bingo and coffee evenings.
Trevethin Activity Barn is one of Gateway Credit Union’s Community Account holders.
Legal expert Suzie Chetri has been nominated for a coveted Credit Unions of Wales Award for inspiring around 3,000 people to access the financial services of their local credit union.
Suzie is one of the finalists of the Members Making A Difference category following her nomination by Cardiff & Vale Credit Union.
A graduate of Cardiff University, Suzie has worked locally in a number of commercial contract law positions, and is currently Head of Legal for Alcumus Group.
She has been a member of Cardiff & Vale Credit Union since 2012 and applied for a loan as a young legal professional with accrued student debt and no savings.
The credit union granted the loan, and highlighted to Suzie that her spending would need to reduce to enable her to repay the loan successfully and improve her financial situation. She took the advice, cleared her loan and transformed her financial position.
In recognition of her appreciation to the credit union, Suzie joined the Board of Cardiff & Vale Credit Union as a director in 2013.
She has fearlessly and publicly shared with others her experience as a young professional in debt, and how becoming a credit union member has improved her life.