News from the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings

Christenings, weddings, confirmations and funerals; from cradle to grave, the church provides social and spiritual meaning to those moments where you leave one stage of life and enter another.
Michelle Higham from The Money Charity recently wrote about the role that churches can play in talking about money and promoting positive financial capability at key life stages.
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Three credit unions have received the highest Fairbanking Mark from The Fairbanking Foundation as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby used the announcement to urge more people to consider joining their local credit unions. Congratulations to  Central Liverpool Credit Union, London Capital Credit Union and Enterprise Credit Union who have all received 5 stars for their personal loan products.

Through a partnership with the Church Credit Champions Network the Pentecostal Credit Union, who recently celebrated their 35th Anniversary, are piloting a Young Christian Savers project in a number of churches in the Pentecostal network. The project begins by holding a Money Talk which explores experiences and attitudes to money and is then followed by  the opportunity to open a Junior Savers Account. Elaine Bowes, credit union executive assistant, describes this partnership as a “match made in heaven” and “absolutely key to getting younger people to engage with the credit union”. Read more

 

A number of churches, food banks  and other community groups have now run the debt awareness and signposting workshop.
Watch a short film about  the workshops and order or download the free resources.
“What came across clearly is that signposting to debt advice makes a huge difference to people’s lives”

“The workshop  provoked lively discussions in the group and as a church we’re thinking of ways to follow up on what was discussed”
See our resources pages for more courses, reports and useful material.

Church Urban Fund National Conference 2015
Thursday 5th November, Manchester

Financial exclusion is one of the most pressing public policy issues of our time. In the UK today there are 1.9 million households without a basic bank account and over seven million people using high-cost credit.

This conference will bring together church leaders, church members, activists and community-based practitioners to:

  • Build understanding of financial exclusion – its causes, consequences and solutions
  • Reflect theologically on what a fairer and more inclusive financial system could look like
  • Showcase a variety of efforts to build financial inclusion and build the capacity of participants to join in those efforts in their local community

The conference will run between 10.00am – 4.00pm with lunch and refreshments provided.

Full programme and booking details

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