Norwich Credit Union

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Quiz Night

Following on from the success of our previous quiz night, we shall be hosting another on Saturday 10 June 2017 to raise funds for the credit union. Doors open at 7pm.

The quiz night will take place at the Alec Bussey Scout Centre, Rowington Road, NR1 3RR.

Stay tuned for further details and get those brains in gear!

About Us


Welcome to Norwich Credit Union. Since 1989, Norwich Credit Union has been offering ethical savings and low-cost loans to the people of Norwich and beyond. Owned and run by our members (click here for profiles of our Directors), we provide a real alternative to high street banks and payday lenders.

Like all credit unions, we are regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and PRA (Prudential Regulation Authority), and belong to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. This means that members' savings, up to £85,000, are safe.

WITH NORWICH CREDIT UNION YOU CAN:

  • Save what you can afford, when you can afford it
  • Be eligible for a low-cost loan after saving with us for 13 weeks
  • Pay standard loan interest of just 1.5% per month (19.6% APR) - in practice even less
  • Get free life insurance with your loan

    Our Policy Manual provides the framework for the operation of the credit union.

  • Services


    Save with Norwich Credit Union and you can rest assured that your savings are being invested in an ethical organisation that uses your money to help other members of the community. If the credit union is performing well and in profit, you will receive your share of the rewards through a dividend paid as a percentage of your savings. It costs &pound1 to open an account and is free for Juniors. With our pre-paid cards members can load-up a card with a set amount of money from their Savings or Loan balance and then use the card as they would a Debit Card.
    One of the key principles of the credit union movement is people helping people. We will do our best to answer any queries our members may have. Simply contact the office or drop in to one of our many service points and talk in confidence to one of our collectors. With our payment cards members can pay into their accounts or repay loans at any Post Office or PayPoint station. The cards can also be used 24 hours a day to make payments either by telephone of via the www.allpay.net website.
    It is our policy to meet the borrowing needs of as many of our members as possible. We charge only 1.5% interest a month (19.6% APR), which means that for every &pound100 paid back in 1 year you will only pay &pound10.04 in interest. Check your savings and loan balances online through our Online Banking facility. Watch out for more online services coming for our members in the near future.

    Where to Find Us


    Our head office is at 60 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JX; however, we have various offices around the city, one in Great Yarmouth and one in Dereham open at various times throughout the week.

    60 London Street, NR2 1JX

    Opening Times

    Tuesday & Saturday 12pm-2pm
    Saturday collections are inside the Age UK shop

    The Stage, NR3 3AD

    Opening Times

    Monday 12pm-1pm
    Wednesday 5pm-7pm

    The Neighbourhood Centre, NR30 2PQ

    Opening Times

    Friday
    10.30am-12.30am

    City Hall, Bethel St Entrance, NR2 1ZA

    Opening Times

    Thursday
    12pm-2pm

    Aldiss Court, Dereham, NR19 1TS

    Opening Times

    Thursday
    12pm-2pm

    The Greenhouse Trust, NR2 1NR

    Opening Times

    Friday 10am-4pm
    You can ONLY pay money IN here

    The Box, NR3 3TN

    Opening Times

    Monday 9am-10am

    St Francis Church, NR7 9UQ

    Opening Times

    Thursday 10am-11.15am

    Savings


    All adult and junior members can save as much or as little as they can afford, by cash, cheque, savings card or standing order (forms are available from the office). You can also transfer money to your account by internet or phone banking.

    Only Junior Saver accounts attract interest. Dividend policy is considered annually, and adult members may receive a Credit Union dividend, based on their share balance.

    Prepaid cash cards are available for use in shops, online and at ATMs. Members can also ask for a payment card, for paying money into their account at PayPoint locations and Post Offices.

    Share withdrawals

    You can withdraw your Credit Union shares (savings) at any time. However, we encourage you to keep your savings so that you can:

  • receive Credit Union dividends
  • maintain your credit-worthiness and capacity to borrow
  • continue to benefit from Life Savings Insurance Cover

    To withdraw your shares, you need to complete a Share Withdrawal Form. Share withdrawals can be issued in a number of ways to suit you; in cash, via cheque or loaded on a pre-paid credit card.

    If you have an outstanding loan, your share withdrawal will be restricted to ensure that your loan stays within the Credit Union's loan policy. You can also transfer shares to pay off part or all of a loan. Contact the Credit Union office for more details.

    After saving regularly with us for 13 weeks or 3 months, you can apply to take out a loan

    Two junior members

    Junior Savers

    We welcome young savers! When opening an account for a member under the age of 14, the Trustee (eg parent, grandparent or legal guardian) of the account needs to provide two forms of ID, including their current address, signature and preferably photo ID too.

    The Trustee must also provide the name, address and date of birth of the junior member (with proof, such as a birth certificate of hospital referral letter).

    Norwich Credit Union allows young savers to control their own accounts, that is, withdraw money, from the age of 14. However, the Trustees can stipulate that this is postponed until the young saver is 15, 16 or 17. At the age of 18 the account will automatically become an adult account.

    Please note, young savers are not allowed to take out a loan, vote at the AGM or stand for election to any of the officers' posts.

  • Loans


    It is Norwich Credit Union's policy to meet the borrowing needs of as many of our members as possible.

    Getting a loan with Norwich Credit Union could not be easier as this graphic demonstrates.

    All adult members who have saved regularly for 13 weeks or 3 months can apply to take out a loan. For first-time loans, this is normally up to twice the total of your savings. For all other loans, you can apply to borrow up to three times the total of your savings. Each loan application is treated in confidence on its merits and is subject to approval.

    We grant loans for "provident and productive" purposes. Norwich Credit Union members typically take out loans to pay for household items, car repairs, bills, consolidating loans, medical expenses, education or training courses, Christmas and holidays.

    Our loans carry free life insurance (subject to terms and conditions).

    Norwich Credit Union only charges 1.5% per month on the unpaid loan balance (APR 19.6%). This means that for every £100 paid back in 1 year, the total interest is just £10.02. Try our Loan Calculator to work out how much interest you would pay on your desired loan.

    Download a Loan Application form here.

    Download a Shares-to-Loan Transfer form here.

    What People Say


    About Norwich Credit Union:

    "I joined Norwich Credit Union because I wanted to help empower my local community. For too many access to affordable credit is next to impossible. Falling real wages mean many feel they have no choice but to turn to legal loan sharks. These parasites suck-out what little capital our local communities possess. Norwich Credit Union is a real ethical alternative. One that keeps OUR money in OUR communities. That's why I'd urge everyone to consider joining because if they flourish, we all benefit."

    Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South and Norwich Credit Union member

    "The strength of Norwich Credit Union and other organisations is that they are based in the community and can solve problems for people before they consider going to a loan shark."

    Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North

    "Archbishop Justin is calling on churches all over the country to work with their local credit unions, and I'm delighted to support Norwich Credit Union as it celebrates its expansion in the city. Credit unions do a lot of good work in Norwich, helping and educating people to save and borrow responsibly. They offer an ethical, community-focused alternative to payday lenders and give people a real choice about how to manage their money."

    The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Reverend Graham James

    "There are two great virtues of Norwich Credit Union. Firstly, the concept is based on responsible ethical values - empowering people, treating them with respect and being non-judgemental - compared with the commercial greed and exploitation which characterises much of the conventional money lending trade. Secondly, it is a community based operation. It is about energising the local community. It is about people looking after themselves as well as looking after each other. It is about recovering the concept of community and rescuing it from the narrow cult of selfish individualism."

    William Armstrong, OBE, retired Senior Coroner for Norfolk and former Sheriff of Norwich

    What our members say:

    Video Testimonials:

    Hear why Norwich-based guitarist Andy Kirkham is a member of Norwich Credit Union. Thanks to member David Indge Photography and Film for making the video.

    Find out how credit unions work and how they have helped their members around the country in this video created by ABCUL.

    Volunteers


    We are always looking for more volunteers to help run the credit union. If you can spare an hour or two each week or month, please talk to one of our advisors at a service point or email us.

    How you can help:

  • Assist at one of the Norwich Credit Union service points
  • Distribute newsletters and promotional leaflets
  • Partake in marketing or fundraising activities
  • Share your skills or qualifications (such as administration, secretarial, book-keeping, IT, marketing, web development) to help the credit union

    In return you have a chance to:

  • Learn new skills and gain valuable workplace experience - which may help you find a new job in financial services or elsewhere
  • Meet new friends and get to know your community better
  • Support an ethical organisation that benefits the whole of Norfolk

  • What does volunteering for Norwich Credit Union involve?

    Click on one of our four volunteers below to find out what volunteering involves, why people volunteer and what they get out of it.

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    Louise

    Louise works as a facilitator for the Carers Council for Norfolk. She facilitates meetings which enable carers to have a voice on how their services are managed. Louise has to stay up to date with the ever changing Health and Social Care services, and share the information with carers appropriately.

    She joined Norwich Credit Union in February 2017. She was keen to volunteer in her local community and the credit union's ethics, times and venue suited her.

    Louise works as a service point assistant, which involves signing up new members, issuing loans, collecting payments and updating the computer system.

    She enjoys the work because she's learning new skills, yet meeting and helping new people at the same time. She enjoys the pace of learning, as it's fast enough for her to feel challenged, but she also appreciates the support and patience of the volunteers who are training her.

    "Credit unions are fantastic in so many ways. They encourage people to save and give access to low-interest loans. The prepaid cards are great for people who can't get a regular bank account. The service points are in the local community at different times/venues and the volunteers are welcoming, friendly and non-judgemental."

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    Julia

    Julia is self-employed. From a standing start, she developed her own brand of rum and coconut cream liqueur, Sisserou. She spends her days encouraging retail outlets, restaurants, clubs and wholesalers to stock her product.

    She joined the credit union because she wanted to get involved in a community-led financial institution, and she now sits on the Board of Directors, helping to make policy and strategy decisions on behalf of the members.

    As a member of FunPro, the credit union's fundraising and promotion committee, she supports the Credit Union in marketing and outreach activities. This includes going out into the community and raising awareness. She enjoys working as a volunteer because she knows she is helping people.

    "The credit union belongs to its members. It gives the community something to be proud of. It creates a caring, saving and borrowing environment in the community."

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    Malcolm

    Malcolm retired in 2015, after working for Broadland District Council for 15 years. He was responsible for complaints handling, freedom of information and data protection. Before that he worked at Orbit Housing and Norwich Union (now Aviva).

    He joined Norwich Credit Union at the beginning of 2016. Malcolm liked the community feeling and level of involvement at NCU, compared to the credit union he'd previously belonged to, and he was keen to offer his services in a voluntary capacity.

    Malcolm's main role is assisting at the credit union's Saturday service point in the city. He provides members with financial services, such as the collection/withdrawal of money and the management of their loans. He also provides information about the credit union and signs up new members, and takes part in promotional events. Malcolm is a co-opted member of the NCU board, where he is responsible for the monthly rolling review of the policy manual.

    With a background in personal finance, Malcolm is happy to use his skills and experience to make a difference in the local community. As a credit union volunteer, he gets immense satisfaction from helping people who would otherwise find themselves at the mercy of institutions which don't have their best interests at heart.

    "I'm a strong believer in local co-operative movements and believe that credit unions are a key component of these, especially in this day and age, when some members are not having an easy time financially. Credit unions allow people to manage their money independently but also partake in a community, working for the local common good."

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    Danny

    Danny works for a motor insurance claims consultancy on a system development project.

    He joined Norwich Credit Union in October 2012, after a chance meeting with Doreen Hatch, a long-serving credit union volunteer at his local community centre. Impressed by what he'd heard, he joined up the following week. A few months later he volunteered to join the credit union's supervisory committee.

    Danny currently serves on the IT subcommittee, focusing on computer operations. He led the redesign and construction of the new website, recently updating it to make it more accessible to mobile users.

    He joined out the credit union out of desire to give something back to his local community, something he doesn't get from his day job. In 2016, he received the Tracy Slane Award, a national award which recognises an outstanding contribution to the credit union movement by a young person. Following on from this, he won a place on the inaugural CU Futures scheme, a year-long training programme designed to develop the next generation of credit union leaders. As a result he has participated an All-Parliamentary group in Westminster, attended a meeting at Citibank's Canary Wharf office, received media training from a BBC radio presenter (Liz Barclay) and accessed a national network of credit union contacts.

    "Credit unions provide a valuable service to financially-excluded members of the local community, providing a safety net for people against loan-sharks and mega-interest payday lenders. They have the potential to provide a viable and ethical alternative to the banking system which has failed so many communities in recent years."

    Join


    Apply online today and you will be enrolled as a provisional member and can start saving immediately. Regulations mean that we must see you within one month to confirm ID and complete the papwerwork required for you to become a full member. Membership costs £1 and you need to live, work or study anywhere within the county of Norfolk or in an NR postcode area.