Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to become the first Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union.

April 21, 2016: for Immediate Release

Archbishop of Canterbury to become Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is to become the first Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union. The post will be formally ratified at Kent Savers Credit Union’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 April 2016.

The Archbishop was central to the creation of Murston Community Bank, the first collaboration between the Church of England and Kent Savers Credit Union, which opened in 2014 and since then there have been five more Branches of the Kent Savers Credit Union backed by the Church of England in Tenterden, Ramsgate and Canterbury.

“I am delighted that the Kent Savers Credit Union have asked me to be their patron. I have seen first-hand the excellent work undertaken at Murston and met with the Chairman of Kent Savers to discuss how the credit union continues to benefit the whole community of Kent. Developing effective credit unions in this country is a key part of creating a fairer financial system focused on serving the whole community. As Patron of Kent Savers Credit Union, I am pleased to be able to highlight and endorse the important work they are doing right across Kent.”

Kent Savers Credit Union Chairman, Martin Kingman, said, “We are hugely honoured that the Archbishop has agreed to be our Patron and delighted at the personal interest he has taken in raising the profile of Credit Unions nationally in recent years. It has been hugely beneficial to the work we do to have the cooperation of the Church in successful ventures like Murston Community Bank, a model we are now spreading elsewhere in Kent.

“We look forward to working further with the Archbishop and others in promoting saving and responsible borrowing for the people of Kent, Medway and Bexley.”

Kent Savers Credit Union was set up in 2010 to provide affordable financial services to the people of Kent and is a financial co-operative, owned and controlled by our own members and running on a not-for-profit basis. Our main aims are to promote saving and provide our members with loans at reasonable rates, so that they feel in control of their own money and we consider ourselves a safer and cheaper alternative to other money lending sources, including payday loans, doorstep lenders and loan sharks, and more accessible than high street banks, who can make it difficult for people with a poor credit history to borrow money.

For more information about Kent Savers Credit Union, and to sign up to become a member or enquire about an affordable loan, visit www.kentsavers.co.uk, email info@kentsavers.co.uk or call 0333 321 9050.

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NOTES FOR NEWS EDITORS

For further quotes or interviews contact:

Chris Hunt, General Manager, Kent Savers Credit Union, on 0333 321 9050 or email Chris.Hunt@kentsavers.co.uk

Martin Kingman, Chairman, Kent Savers Credit Union, email martin@kingmanconsultancy.biz

Jack Palmer, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Social & Public Affairs Adviser jack.palmer@lambethpalace.org.uk

About Kent Savers Credit Union

Kent Savers Credit Union was set up in 2010 to provide affordable financial services to the people of Kent. Kent Savers is a financial co-operative, owned and controlled by our own members and run on a not-for-profit basis.

Our main aims are to promote saving and provide our members with loans at reasonable rates.

Every credit union must have a common bond. Ours is that we are here for everyone living and/or working in Kent. We aim to help revive the local economy by keeping money in the community – after all, loans to members can mean income for local shops and businesses. You must live or work within our common bond, that is the historical county of Kent – i.e. the area currently administered by Kent County Council, Medway Unitary Authority or The London Borough of Bexley. Applications for loans can be made online at www.kentsavers.co.uk or by calling 0333 321 9050.