CUW Awards 2020: Member Making A Difference

Credit Unions of Wales Awards 2020: Member Making a Difference. 

The third Credit Unions of Wales Awards will take place on Friday 2 October 2020.

The awards celebrate the payroll partners, volunteers, members and schools whose exceptional work within the credit union movement has a positive impact on communities across Wales.

The Member Making a Difference category recognises those members who have borrowed or saved with their Credit Union in order to benefit their community.

This could also include community groups or fundraising campaigns in a specific area.

The nominations for this award are:

Sharon Rees Williams (Smart Money Cymru)
When on holidays in the Gambia in February 2018, schoolteacher Sharon visited a local school in Mansa Maru that offers education for 3 to 11 years olds.

On returning home she shared her Gambian experiences with the children in her class, telling them how families live in intergenerational compounds, how little they have in the ways of possessions and if a family was rich they would have their own well.

The children decided to raise money for Mansa Maru school by holding a bake sale and other activities. Sharon knits daffodils to sell to friends and family.

She saves the money earned from these activities with the credit union and sends the money to the Western Union in Gambia free of charge.


Tracey Drabb;e (Cambrian Credit Union)
Tracey joined Cambrian Credit Union 14 years ago and has been a strong advocate for the credit union movement. 

From volunteering at the Rhyl branch, encouraging others to become volunteers, to her sister Debra being involved in the BBC programme “A Matter of life and debt” in 2018.

Tracey has always encouraged others to join the credit union whether through family or friends so much so that her children are part of the junior savings scheme.

Through Tracey’s promotion of the credit union a substantial amount of new members have joined since 2006. 

Claire Kennedy (Gateway Credit Union)
Claire has been a payroll member for several years and has always been a keen supporter of the credit union through her work with young people.

As a youth worker she works with young people on their finances and has helped a group of young parents to open a Community Account for their group and to access a grant, as well as encouraging them to open accounts for themselves and their children.

Claire goes above and beyond, supporting and encouraging young parents by coming with them into the office when needed. 


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