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Filene Credit Union Awards recognise performance and education work

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30 Nov 18

Credit Union practitioners were honoured at the annual awards ceremony this month in Manchester.

This year, the International Credit Union Leadership Development& Education Foundation (IDULDEF), acknowledged the great contribution of credit unions and practitioners in demonstrating how the sector offers a competitive alternative to mainstream financial services in Great Britain and Ireland.

The awards were  co-hosted by the Credit Unions for Greater Manchester consortium “SoundPound” which represents eight credit unions.

Jeff Senevirante, Vice Chair of SoundPound, read a statement from Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham who said: " I am a huge supporter of the credit union way of doing business.

"Credit unions transform people's lives because they help them manage their finances in a way that means they don't have to resort to loan sharks and payday lenders. I'm proud to say that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be working with the Consortium of Credit Unions and other partners across Greater Manchester over the coming months".

East Sussex Credit Union (ESCU) won two awards for ‘Excellence in Community Mobilisation and Outreach’ and ‘Excellence in Use of the Media’.  Ann Hickey, CEO of ESCU said:  “I’m very proud of the Business Development Team for the work they are doing in the community to engage with people from all backgrounds. ESCU has just turned 18 years old and we are making every effort to become a credit union that is financially sustainable, growing every year and meeting the needs of our community”.

‘CEO of the Year’ was picked up by CEO of South Manchester Credit Union, Sheenagh Young. Speaking about her delight to be recognised for the award, Sheenagh said: “I was proud to be nominated by my credit union for a Filene award and attending the awards dinner reminded me that we belong to a worldwide movement of people who share credit union values“

Other winners at the event included Cardiff & Vale Credit Union for ‘Credit Union Advocacy with Local and National Politicians’; Commsave Credit Union – ‘Fundraising For Good Purposes’; Dragonsavers Credit Union for ‘Setting up Pop up Credit Union Services; and Salford Credit Union – ‘Young Credit Union leader of the year (Kelsey Smith).

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