Church - Better Lending Campaign

 Church - Better Lending Campaign

Church – Better Lending Campaign
The first steps towards a national network of churches, communities and credit unions was unveiled yesterday, supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Lending. The Church Credit Champions Network (CCCN) aims to create a network of people who will bring together churches, communities and responsible lenders. The scheme is being piloted in three Church of England Dioceses – Southwark, Liverpool and London. The members will act as advocates for the community finance providers. Full story from the Church of England here. In The Diocese of Durham, a direct campaign to support credit unions and communities banks was launched in November 2013. The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham said: “Although our ‘Why Wouldn’t You?’ campaign was setup to promote joining of credit unions and community banks and use of their facilities, the longer term hope has always been to have trained advocates within our Churches that could act as mentors and advisors working directly with people and communities to help combat Poverty in all it’s forms.” “The launch of the Church Credit Champion network is a positive boost to this work and I am delighted that more and more people across our communities are being challenged to get involved – as we have said ‘Why Wouldn’t You?’.” The diocese released a short film in April 2014 reinforce the challenge to parishes and church members to get involved and actively support their local credit union / community bank. The Film titled ‘Why Wouldn’t You? uses interview pieces with two Durham based credit unions / community banks, their staff, customers and depositors as well as the Bishops of Durham and Jarrow to explore what it means to the community as a whole to get involved. The film has been produced to aid churches across the diocese to encourage their members and the local community to join. It is available to watch on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/pg1cSHQQGXw and is also available on the Vimeo Video service in HD and for download here: http://vimeo.com/aegies/ddwhy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg1cSHQQGXw&width=600

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