Paisley, Renfrewshire — On Wednesday 14th October Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union staff set up stall in Paisley High Street to celebrate International Credit Union Day®, an annual event to commemorate the credit union movement’s impact and achievements worldwide. The credit union Cash Cubs mascot joined in the celebrations and proved a big hit with the young and not so young, who queued for pictures and hugs with the school savvy saver’s champion.


Speaking from a marque set up as a credit union base for the day next to the High Street Cenotaph, Alison Dowling, RWCUProject Coordinator said, “credit unions are ‘People Power’ in action. They offer an easy way to save and borrow rather than using more expensive store cards, credit cards and pay day loans which charge far higher rates of interest. Here at Renfrewshire-Wide credit union we also have a real connection with our members, you’re not just a number on a ledger to us, that’s the credit union difference. It’s all about people helping people”.

Karen Graham, RWCU Manager added “we’ve seen fantastic interest shown by the public today, we’ve had a great time chatting and answering questions while spreading the good news about the credit union and joining up new members. The RWCU is part of the community, myself and all of our staff and volunteers all have roots in Renfrewshire. Today is all about breaking out of our High Street office and having a family day in the community, it’s about making finance fun!”

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan visited the event as the Cash Cub’s special guest and said:  “Credit unions have always been at the forefront of empowering people and communities – and that is particularly the case in Renfrewshire.


“Tackling poverty and boosting opportunity are key priorities for Renfrewshire Council.  We have been proud to support credit union services as they evolve through new approaches in education, in communities and online.


“Credit unions, and the ethos they embody, have never been more relevant.  We would urge people to get involved to find out the difference they can make to their lives.”