Scotwest receives credit for ‘Making a Difference’
Published by The BIG Partnership on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:17
One of Scotland's largest credit unions has been honoured at this year's 'National Credit Union Awards' for their community involvement work.
Scotwest Credit Union, which has members throughout the West of Scotland, picked up the 'Excellence in Community Mobilisation' award for its 'Making a Difference' community fund at the ceremony held in the House of Lords, London.
Launched in December 2010, the 'Making a Difference' community fund allows members to apply for small grants of up to £250 to help community events, projects, groups and activities in their local area with which they have an interest and connection.
So far over 40 grants have been issued to a variety of causes, including providing training tracksuits for a junior football team, transporting ex-RAF service men to an Armed Forces Day celebration and purchasing new equipment for a primary school's cooking enterprise.
Rod Ashley said:
"We are thrilled to have been invited to this year's 'National Credit Union Awards', and are delighted the community fund has been recognised in this way.
"Since its launch the fund has helped many worthwhile causes close to our members' hearts, and it is very rewarding to see the difference it can make. This year we were pleased to double our funding to £5,000 and we look forward to expanding it further."
"As a team, we are always looking for new opportunities to build and exceed on our offering throughout the West of Scotland. Having this determination and commitment recognised by others through these awards is fantastic."
Now in their second year, the National Credit Union Awards were established to recognise the outstanding contribution credit unions make to the communities in which they operate.
To find out more about the Making a Difference fund, visit www.scotwest.co.uk. Applications are being accepted and should be received before 31 July 2012 for consideration at the beginning of August.