Welcome to the website of the National Association of Credit Union Workers (NACUW), the professional association for credit union workers throughout Britain (whether employees or volunteer staff of a credit union, or those who provide support, training or development advice).
NACUW was set up in 1992 and since then its members have worked with the majority of credit unions in Britain. Today most of its members are managers and staff actively working in credit unions across the country.
NACUW has an important representational role as its members work in all types and sizes of credit unions. This enables it to offer a unique perspective to government and the Financial Services Authority on improvements to policies, legislation and the regulation of the credit union sector.
NACUW meets regularly with representatives of all the national credit union bodies and through its members has links to the majority of credit unions in Britain; national and regional organisations supportive of credit union development; business sector initiatives; the wider co-operative movement; organisations involved in community economic regeneration; the Financial Services Authority; universities and their research departments; colleges of adult and further education; Central, National and Regional government; and Credit Union movements in other countries.
NACUW members are involved in delivering economic and social regeneration strategies throughout Britain and providing advice at all levels of Credit Union development and training.
NACUW offers its members a forum for the exchange of information, fresh ideas and the development of best practice in employment and access to advice and resources. We are a self-help association dedicated to improving credit union knowledge and expertise. We maintain a database of Credit Union workers and organisations, run regular seminars, training events and an annual conference.
Establishment of and present day NACUW
During the past 22 years NACUW can be proud of its contribution towards the development of the modern British credit union movement. During these years it has regularly advised government, lobbied for improved legislation, and consulted on new regulations. Liaised, co-operated and worked with the relevant trade associations and interested outside bodies. It has designed and delivered training, established new approaches to development, and worked to ensure that standards of services within the movement are always improving. Members have been on the front line in implementing new ideas and innovations.
NACUW is constantly reviewing its operations with a view to represent its memberships needs relevant to the present and future.
Specific contributions over 22 years include:
Training Consultancy & Research
Throughout NACUW have held annual conferences for the membership. These conferences consist of training/education workshops and keynote speakers promoting debate on issues of the day. Over the years the involvement of government agencies and worldwide bodies have been significant. For example, the Treasury, the Welsh Government, MPs, the American Community Development Credit Union Association, the Irish League of Credit Unions, the Ulster Federation of Credit unions, the Department for Work & Pensions and the Financial Services Authority.
Regulatory & Legal Issues
At a representative level NACUW has participated wholeheartedly in consultation with the past Registry of Friendly Societies, the Financial Services Authority and the current Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority. For example NACUW’s significant input in relation to the Financial Services and Markets Act and Consultation Paper 77.