Credit union goes out on the road to reach new clients

Photo: David Hurst'Rev David Coaker of Leyland United Reformed Church

Photo: David Hurst'Rev David Coaker of Leyland United Reformed Church

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ORGANISERS of Leyland’s two-year-old credit union are attempting to reach out to more people.

It has begun trialling some dates outside the town.

One has already taken place at The Place, 73 Royal Avenue, Leyland, where it will be available again on November 10, between 2pm and 3pm.

Another will be held on Tuesday at The Base, 107 Bannister Drive, Leyland. It will be there again on November 24, from 2pm to 3pm.

The Leyland collection point is open on all other Tuesdays at Leyland Reformed Church, Hough Lane – access via door B on Quin Street.

The pop-up credit union was launched at the church by Unify, which already 
has credit union shops in Chorley, Wigan, Leigh and Skelmersdale.

It is seen as a safer way for people to save and borrow cash instead of turning to pay-day loan sharks, which often have high interest rates.

Reverend David Coaker, of Leyland United Reformed Church, said currently 51 people have signed up to the Leyland facility.

“The main success story has been raising awareness that credit unions exist,” he said.

“I think a lot of folk we’ve signed up want to pay standing orders.

“It’s whatever people want really. We’re just a collection point in Leyland. We’re available if they just want a chat with us and we can point them in the right direction.”