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Bradford District Credit Union receive national award

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11 May 18

Bradford District Credit Union has been awarded a “Stop Loan Sharks Champion” accolade for their work highlighting the dangers of loan sharks in the area.

BDCU partnered up with Keighley Social housing group Incommunities raise awareness of illegal money lenders and to help out the victims that have been affected. Events were held at local community centres in the area and graffiti artist were invited to create murals highlighting the dangers of loan sharks.

The Stop Loan Sharks awards recognise organisations which are supporting the fight against the criminals and are making a difference in communities by highlighting the issue. Tony Quigley, head of the team, said: “We were delighted to present Bradford District Credit Union and Incommunities with this highly commended award for their excellent continued work.”

Ian Brewer, Bradford District Credit Union’s financial inclusion officer, said they work extremely hard to promote financial inclusion in the area, so that the community is aware of an ethical alternative to savings and borrowing. Ian said: “We deliver workshops around the district as well as attend events with partner organisations to raise awareness of the pitfalls in using illegal lenders”.

BDCU recently celebrated receiving a grant of £100,000 from Lloyds Banking Group to expand its services to help areas of Bradford that need their help.

Andrew Bowker, CEO of Bradford District Credit Union said: “It was great news to be informed we had been successful in achieving a grant. We will be able to continue and further improve our good work in assisting the financially excluded population within the district.

"Another major benefit will be giving the credit union the ability to improve and make our services more appealing to the younger element of the population within an expanded common bond area.”

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