Ded­i­cated to help­ing the en­tire com­mu­nity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Rona Wil­liamson, Chair­woman.

Cam­bus­lang Credit Union opened for busi­ness in March 1995.

At the be­gin­ning there were 15 vol­un­teers who trained for a year. We started out in the un­em­ploy­ment unit in the precinct in Cam­bus­lang.

It was a small of­fice just two rooms and we started our busi­ness there.

As we grew we moved to a few dif­fer­ent places.

We were in the old post of­fice for a time then moved to the newly built Re­source Cen­tre.

We fi­nally pur­chased our own place in 2003 next to Cam­bus­lang train sta­tion.

We also opened an of­fice in Half­way and a col­lec­tion point in the Bonus Ball in Whit­law­burn, in or­der to serve our mem­bers in those ar­eas. We have now ceased to op­er­ate in Whit­law­burn as most of our mem­bers in that area now pay by Pay Point or stand­ing or­der.

Peo­ple flocked to join us when we opened in 1995 and be­fore long we were open­ing three nights a week and a few hours on a Saturday morn­ing.

Most of our vol­un­teers had full time jobs but they still man­aged to help and turn up ev­ery week to work with the credit union.

We have come a long way since then. We now open all week Mon to Fri and Wed evening in Cam­bus­lang.

We are opened in Half­way Mon and Tues morn­ing and Thurs­day evening. We em­ploy three part time staff, two full time staff and our man­ager Tom Har­vey is full time.

We still have five of the orig­i­nal founder mem­bers who still vol­un­teer with us and a few oth­ers who joined us in the early days.

Our BOD are all vol­un­teers and we are con­tin­u­ally look­ing for new young vol­un­teers to carry on the good work.

Cam­bus­lang Credit Union has been a great ben­e­fit to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Our low in­ter­est rates for bor­row­ing and not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion has been a life­line to many of our mem­bers.

You don’t need a bank ac­count to join and it is a great way to save for hol­i­days and Christ­mas, home im­prove­ments.

I feel that ev­ery­one should be a mem­ber of a Credit Union ei­ther lo­cally or through work it is a great com­mu­nity bank where you can save and bor­row in af­ford­able terms with low in­ter­est rates.

We are try­ing to en­cour­age our young peo­ple to save and it is with that in mind that we now op­er­ate in seven lo­cal pri­mary schools.

Our amaz­ing vol­un­teers go once a week to col­lect sav­ings from our younger mem­bers. They are the fu­ture of our credit union.

Since we be­came com­put­erised in 2003 we have given out over 18,102 Loans to mem­bers amount­ing to over £18m.

Pre­vi­ously in or­der to join you had to live in the G72 area. We now have a new pol­icy whereby any­one who works but does not live in the area can join. This will be a great as­set to the credit union as we have had over the years lots of re­quests from peo­ple in lo­cal shops who would like to join.

Our mem­ber­ship is grow­ing steadily and hope­fully the credit union con­tin­ues to grow and help the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Our low in­ter­est rates for bor­row­ing and not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion has been a life­line to many of our mem­bers. Rona Wil­liamson

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