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The Actress, The Bishop and …Credit Unions!

I’ve just watched the short version – well worth 3 minutes of anyone’s time!  (will check out the longer one later)

Do please pass this on to anyone else who might be interested

Regards, Ann

If you think that any of our SRN colleagues might be interested please could you forward this on to them.

Hot from the premier!!

14 min version: http://youtu.be/hwGfeOsAw1I

3 min version: http://youtu.be/Te6h4aM4cKI

Kind regards,  Debbie

Deborah Dalby

Head of Mission and Ministry

Tel:  07435 971910

Mission and Ministry Department

Church House, 90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH

Email: DebDalby@manchester.anglican.org

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving July 2014 Newsletter

Murston ‘Community Bank’

A recently retired couple with banking experience, a generous gift from a local builder and the prayers and determination of a small congregation have been the key ingredients in the launch of Murston Community Bank. …

In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of 50 years of credit unions in Great Britain …

And more

Promoting responsible credit and saving: July newsletter

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving

July 2014 Newsletter

This edition includes:

  • Murston ‘Community Bank’
  • In a recent speech to the Credit Union Foundation Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on the Church’s activity to support credit unions
  • In June Westminster Abbey hosted a celebration of  50 years of credit unions in Great Britain.
  • 70 people gathered in Birmingham to hear about the work of the Archbishop’s Task Group and the Church Credit Champions Network,
  • Payday Lending; Fixing a Broken Market is a new report from The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants
  • The Financial Conduct Authority has recently issued new regulations for the consumer credit market
  • ‘We need a union of the streets’ is a song and music video produced by Charles Bailey and featuring rapper Question Musiq.

Tackling Poverty Together – July 2014

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Together Network

 July 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury

10 million rely on church community, new research shows

New research conducted for Church Urban Fund, shows that 10 million adults a year use community services provided by churches and church-run organisations. This is more than half of all those who access these services. The wide range of support includes food banks, luncheon clubs and night shelters along with relationship courses, financial advice and access to computers and the internet.

In a foreword to the Church Urban Fund/ Theos report Good Neighbours: How Churches Help Communities Flourish, launched yesterday in the House of Lords, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby said: “This report demonstrates the scale and nature of that love for neighbour in practical action. It shows that relationships are at the heart of every community, and that churches are at the heart of local communities. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the Church is part of the solution for building community blessing at every level.”

Read the full report or download the executive summary here »

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Harvest resources coming soon

We are producing a range of Harvest resources including prayers, reflections and resources for young people that will be available soon.

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Responsible Credit and Savings newsletter – May 2014

Promoting Responsible Credit and Saving

May Newsletter

Welcome to our bi-monthly email newsletter on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to promote credit unions and other sources of responsible credit and savings.

This month we feature the work that Manchester Diocese is doing to promote and support their local credit unions, as well as highlighting national and local news news and events, including a new campaign from the Children’s Society and the London launch of the Church Credit Champions Network.
Please let us know what is happening in your area and how we can support you.

To hear more stories of exciting initiatives around the country and to hear Sir Hector Sants talk about the work of the Task Group, register to come along to our free workshop event in Birmingham on Tuesday 3rd June.

Polly Taylor
Task Group Coordinator

Focus on Manchester

‘The Bishop and the Actress’ is the headline grabbing title of a short film promoting credit unions, developed by Manchester Diocese and produced by a young local film maker. A local Bishop and an actress take a bus journey around Greater Manchester visiting local credit unions and exploring the reasons why people become credit union members. The film will be launched later this year alongside a ‘tool kit’ to help churches and other organisations engage with their local credit union.

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New report from IPPR
Jumping the Shark: Building institutions to spread access to affordable credit

This report sets out a comprehensive strategy for ending the ‘poverty premium’ faced by many consumers who have no alternative to borrowing from payday lenders.
Launch of the Church Credit Champions Network
27th May, St Martin in the Fields, London
The Church Credit Champions Network is a pilot project in the Dioceses of Southwark, London and Liverpool which aims to connect churches with their local credit union. It will do this by training and resourcing a network of ‘Credit Champions’ who will be the main link between the church congregation and the credit union.
The Debt Trap
The Debt Trap is a new campaign from the Children’s Society about the impact of debt on the lives of children. The campaign was launched with a report from StepChange and The Children’s Society The Debt Trap: Exposing the impact of problem debt on children.
Music video launch
Music producer Charles Bailey and rapper Question Musiq, in partnership with the Church of England, are producing a song and video, aimed at young people, about the dangers of payday loans. The video will be launched in early June.
See the next newsletter for a link to the video.
3rd June 2014, Birmingham
Promoting Responsible Credit
Hear from Sir Hector Sants on the Archbishop’s Task Group and share exciting new initiatives and ideas for promoting responsible credit and savings in your area.
We want to hear from as many areas as possible so please come along if you can and share the date with others.
Support from high street banks
Barclays and Lloyds have both recently demonstrated their support for the credit union sector:
Barclays has committed £1m and promised to provide space in branches and the help of expert staff to local communities and credit unions.
Lloyds has pledged £4m over 4 years as part of their commitment to financial inclusion.
To subscribe to this newsletter please contact polly.taylor@churchofengland.org

Archbishop’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings Update

MARCH 2014

Welcome to our regular e-mail update on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s initiative to promote credit unions and other sources of responsible credit and savings.

Please forward this to anyone who might be interested, or respond on Twitter using the hashtag #goodcredit

We are conscious that many churches are already involved in supporting credit unions and tackling debt in their community.  Please keep us in touch with what is happening in your area.

Thank you for your interest.

Polly Taylor, Task Group Co-ordinator, Mission & Public Affairs, Church of England

Read the full article at http://charityemail.org.uk/244X-2AD2U-59F8WF0L59/cr.aspx

Church Urban Fund research on growing credit unions

from Bethany Eckley Research Manager, CUF

Dear all,

I thought I might forward to you some research we have done at Church Urban Fund about how to grow and strengthen the credit union sector. The report is called ‘Money Speaks Louder than Words: credit unions and the role of the Church in tackling financial exclusion’.

The Department for Work and Pensions has said that in order to become sustainable, the credit union sector needs to grow from 1 to 2 million members in the next 5 to 7 years. The Church is well-placed to make a significant contribution to this growth.

Our research shows that churchgoers are twice as likely as others to support credit unions. Many believe that churches should actively support credit unions, in order to strengthen alternatives to payday loans. The research also identifies the steps that need to be taken to significantly increase membership of credit unions amongst churchgoers in future.

The full research findings will be presented at a General Synod fringe event at 1.15pm on Wednesday 12 February.

If you would like to attend this event, or if you would like to request hard copies of the Executive Summary, please do email me.

Very best wishes,