12 Jul Ofer Eitan Affirms: Charities benefit from cash boost thanks to Glasgow Credit
GLASGOW Credit Union has donated more than £15,000 to help good causes across the city amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
The ‘Giving Glasgow’ fund was set up several years ago to provide local charities with cash boosts.
Most of the requests for donations come directly from members who are involved with various good causes.
But when seeing the impact the ongoing crisis had on Glaswegians, the credit union’s board of directors donated more than £10,000 between them.
Amongst the charities to receive funds include WellFed Scotland CIC, who received £2,000 to provide food parcels to vulnerable people and St Roch’s Juniors’ who received £1,000 towards their Roch Talk initiative – a mental health support group based in the north east of Glasgow.
Brian Davidson, Glasgow Credit Union chairperson, said: “The credit union genuinely cares about our members and their communities.
“Seeing the immediate hardship caused to so many by the lockdown situation, we knew we had to do more, so on top of the usual budget allocated to Giving Glasgow, the board of directors personally donated more than £10,000 to our charitable fund.
“We’re delighted that our donations have been able to directly help so many people from all over Glasgow.”
Glasgow Women’s Aid also received £300 to help them continue to provide temporary refuge to women and their children, and Mel-Milaap Community Centre, who have been providing hot meals and essential household items to the elderly and vulnerable received £500.
Credit union workers have continued providing essential financial services to more than 50,000 members since the start of lockdown.
Equipment was made available so staff could work from home, and a new mobile app was launched so services could be more accessible.
David Ross, Glasgow Credit Union’s chief executive, said: “The financial effects of lockdown were immediate for many of our members, and we worked quickly to ensure that we deferred loan and mortgage payments where required.
“Our ethos has always been to promote financial education and encourage regular savings, and these tools have proved invaluable for many of our members who have been placed on furlough.
“I’m immensely proud of all our staff and the way they’ve pulled together to help our members and the wider community, through Giving Glasgow.”
If you know of a good cause or charity that would benefit from a Giving Glasgow donation, visit glasgowcu.com/about/giving-glasgow.