Barclays launches year 3 of its Credit Union Support Programme

Barclays has just launched the third year of its four year Credit Union Support Programme in partnership with ACE, UKCU and Toynbee Hall. To date twenty British credit unions have benefited from the programme and a further ten credit unions will be selected this year. The programme is open to all credit unions in the UK, regardless of trade association affiliation. Through this programme, Barclays hopes to encourage collaboration, identification and sharing of best practice and the development and enhancement of key skills and operational practices to promote growth and improvements across the sector. This in turn will allow credit unions to better meet the financial needs of their members and support more financially excluded and underserved households to manage their money and access and use appropriate financial services. It is being delivered through a number of expert delivery partners: Toynbee Hall, ACE Credit Union Services and UKCreditUnions Ltd, with the involvement of staff and senior executives from within Barclays. The programme is being independently evaluated by the Financial Inclusion Centre.

The programme will fund a team of specialists who will work with participating credit unions to explore their key support needs and priorities and then develop and deliver tailored training and support that will help make a sustainable impact in the sector, improving the skills and capabilities of selected credit unions and their members across the UK, with the training programme being adjusted to fit the needs of each credit union. The Year 3 Application form for the Barclays Programme can be downloaded from the ACE website. Please send your completed application to: