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Credit unions are not-for-profit financial co-operatives which provide accessible savings, low-cost loans and help members to manage their money more effectively.
As they are owned locally and controlled by individual members and volunteers, credit unions have a clear commitment to mutuality, community and social goals.
They are a resource for all in the community as they capture and recycle money within the local economy, they therefore can contribute to community regeneration.
There are currently 6 credit unions in Fife. Collectively they have over 7,000 adult members and hold over £5 million in members’ savings and have loans of over £2.5 million.
Each credit union offers a slightly different range of services.
Can anyone become a member?
Yes, anyone can join a credit union. Each credit union serves what's called their “common bond” - the commonality between members. You may be eligible to join a credit union based on your:
Here are the benefits of joining a Credit Union:
For more information or advice please visit fifecreditunions.org.uk or call Fife's Credit Union Development Team on 01592 645367.
To learn more about the financial services Credit Unions provide to communities across the world, visit the World Council of Credit Unions.