Residents of Kingswood will be able to access services offered by Bristol Credit Union from Kingswood Library, thanks to volunteers from the local community.
From the 2 July, people will be able to drop-in to the library on the High Street every Thursday, 1pm-3pm, to open an account, deposit money or find out more about BCU services.
The new service is a result of a partnership with Community Ignite, a local charity based in Kingswood that supports and develops the community in South Gloucestershire.
Kate Hanks, Deputy C.E.O. of Bristol Credit Union says “We are delighted to be partnering with Community Ignite. We were approached by the charity who wanted the people of Kingswood to be able to access the wide range of services we provide. After receiving training and support from BCU, volunteers from Community Ignite’s Job and IT Club, will be on hand to help local people make the most of their money, by giving them access to affordable loans and competitive savings accounts. We look forward to welcoming new members from the Kingswood area”.
Alice Payne, Chief Officer of Community Ignite says “This service is much needed by the local community in Kingswood and it will enhance the services we can offer through our Job and IT Club which is funded by South Gloucestershire Council. We also wish to thank Kingswood Library for allowing us to run the service every week. Having access to a bank account is a necessity and right for everyone and we are very pleased to make this possible for Kingswood residents.”
Cllr Heather Goddard, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee, said: “We are very supportive of this new service which will be based at Kingswood Library, offering an easily accessible venue to local residents who wish to use the facility.”
To celebrate the launch of the service point, BCU are offering free membership to anyone who joins before the 31 August 2015 – a saving of £2.50. To join, people will need to bring ID, proof of address and £1 to open their account.
Kingswood is the fourth service point to open in South Gloucestershire in recent months, widening access to those living in Bristol Credit Union’s common bond area. People can also drop-in to service points at Filton Community Association, ‘Our Place’ Community Flat in Staple Hill and the Juice Project in Cadbury Heath.
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