Many credit unions would welcome volunteers with professional skills and the range of things you can do as a volunteer is huge. Volunteers have built websites, designed new marketing materials, provided legal advice, become treasurers, advised on IT, chaired boards, undertaken audits, managed short-term projects, worked on marketing campaigns and analysed data - the list is endless.
What could you do?
James Darbyshire is a qualified lawyer working in financial services. He was recently elected to the board of his local credit union:
I really wanted the opportunity to be able to contribute in some way to the credit union as an organisation that makes such a vital difference to people’s lives in my local community. On that basis, I was introduced to the credit union’s chairperson who invited me to observe their board meetings over a number of months, which culminated in me successfully standing for election as a director of the credit union at its annual general meeting and will be assisting with the legal, compliance and regulatory issues that the credit union has to face
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Professional skills sharing via REACH
Additional Volunteer Roles
2Shires Credit Union (Nottinghamshire) are looking for a LifeSavers Ambassador to assist with their work in primary schools and a Community Champion
Bradford District Credit Union are looking for a Credit Union Ambassador to make connections with local primary schools.
How you could use skilled volunteers?
The key is to plan volunteer involvement. Before you start, think about what you want to achieve and the skills you need to do it. Also think about how ready you are to welcome volunteers in a way that makes them thrive and be of use to your organisation.
Connect with Reach to find out about the benefits of registering volunteer opportunities, and how to sign up and register.
Sheenagh Young is the manager of South Manchester Credit Union and explains why skilled volunteers are so important:
Many credit unions grew out of grassroots volunteer initiatives. The time and skills contributed pro bono by volunteers are a cornerstone of our history and continue to enable us to reach further and raise our profile. Many credit unions are keen to attract volunteers with financial management skills and also those with experience of governance as Trustees or in the boardroom.