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Super Saturday for ABCUL Forums


20 Jun 16

The strengthening of ABCUL’s local Forums has continued with another round of successful meetings.

Four ABCUL Forums held meetings on Saturday (18 June) to hear from guest speakers, discuss key issues for the movement, and share knowledge, experience and learning with their peers.

ABCUL’s North West and Merseyside Forums held a joint meeting in Huyton which heard from guest speakers from the Prudential Regulation Authority and Meteor Consulting. Two Forum members then shared a presentation on their recent visit to credit unions in Romania, and ABCUL Member Relationship Manager Marcus Iles updated members on some of ABCUL’s new products and services, including the ABCUL Academy, ABCUL inSight and the ABCUL B2B Toolkit. Members then enjoyed a summer barbecue.

Meanwhile, ABCUL’s East Midlands Forum was meeting in Lincoln to hear presentations from guest speakers from the Department for Work and Pensions, CUNA Mutual and Wilkin Chapman. Credit Union Foundation Manager Emily Harrison provided an overview of the work of the credit union movement’s charity, and ABCUL Member Relationship Manager Simon Stone gave an update on ABCUL’s new services for members.

And at the same time as those meetings, the ABCUL Cymru Forum was meeting in Pontypridd. Members there heard a presentation from Moneyline and discussed the work of the criminal justice charity Clinks, exploring whether there was scope for credit unions to support the rehabilitation of offenders. ABCUL’s Wales Policy Officer Joseph Allen then updated members on the latest news and activity with the Welsh Government, Assembly and stakeholders, and ABCUL’s Head of Policy and Communications Matt Bland presented on some of the live issues for the movement and the new products and services ABCUL is launching.

ABCUL Head of Member Services Rosanna Donovan said: “Forums are the place for ABCUL credit unions to meet, learn and share. We’re delighted to see the special effort we’ve put into reinvigorating our Forums delivering immediate benefits for our members, with some high quality guest speakers secured and regular input from ABCUL staff talking to credit unions about our services and live issues for the movement.”

In addition to “Super Saturday”, the previous weekend saw the London and South East Forum hold a training day in Peckham, and the ABCUL Scotland Forum met in Glasgow on Monday evening. The next round of Forum meetings has already been lined up for the summer and into the autumn, and details of all the meetings can be found here.

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