Just launch local community branch for Brookside residents


Residents of Brookside in Telford are to have their own Just Credit Union community outreach branch.

The not-for-profit community bank is working in partnership with Brookside Big Local (BBL), the lottery-funded, resident-led social regeneration programme.

As a result of the partnership, Just Credit Union’s new community branch will be at Brookside Community Centre every Tuesday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

Starting on April 24th 2018, the community branch will be operated by Just Credit Union’s Telford Outreach Officer Adele Haynes.

The new community branch, which will provide residents of the area with easy access to Just Credit Union’s ethical loans and savings, is part of BBL’s resident-driven initiatives to enhance the area.

The facility will enable residents to become members of the not-for-profit community bank to open flexible instant access savings accounts and apply for ethical loans.

Just Credit Union’s Chief Officer Karen Farrow said, “We are delighted to be working with Brookside Big Local to improve the access for Brookside residents to our ethical financial products.

“Being available and visible within the communities we serve is core to what we do.  Our Outreach Officer will be available by appointment, which can be booked by calling 01743 252325 or, subject to availability, on a walk-in basis.”

BBL Coordinator Sam Smith said, “Brookside Big Local are excited that we are able to fund this project to support our local residents. We are hoping that many of our residents will take this fantastic opportunity to open a savings account with a local Credit Union.”

Just Credit Union was set up over 16 years ago specifically to improve the financial well-being of people living or working in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

Karen added  “We encourage – and enable – members to save for a rainy day whilst also providing access to flexible loans at affordable rates.  Community, rather than profit, is at the heart of all we do.”

Just Credit Union has recently received the top accreditation of five stars from the prestigious Fairbanking Foundation and was a finalist in the national 2017 Social Enterprise Awards for their positive impact on the local community.