Volunteering in Your Credit Union
The credit union movement is built upon the efforts of thousands of volunteers who give freely of their time and skills to their credit unions in the spirit of cooperation. Each credit union has a team of volunteers with the skills and knowledge to lead and manage that credit union.
Many people are currently contributing their time and skills through a number of volunteer
organisations. The credit union movement in Ireland and Northern Ireland currently has 9,250 volunteers.
An individual can develop both personally and professionally by volunteering. The benefits of credit union volunteering include:
- Gain skills and experience in a senior role of a professional financial service
- Education and training
- Personal development
- Meet new people from the community
- Work on developmental and business projects
- Give something back to the community
The credit union committees offer an excellent starting point for new volunteers. These committees provide experience, learning and an active role within the credit union.
Once a volunteer has served the credit union at committee level for a period of time, and training needs have been identified and addressed, you can move into a director or supervisor position.
Why people volunteer:
- To learn new skills
- To develop new interests
- To increase employability
- To use professional skills
- To increase self-confidence
- To have a purpose, sense of achievement
- To do something they enjoy
- To make a difference, a desire to help others
- To give back, for example when a family member has benefited from the organisation
- To meet new people, have a sense of belonging or community
- When asked by someone they value
- They hold the organisation and its ethos in high esteem
If you would like more information on volunteering in the credit union please contact your local credit union and ask for the manager or a member of the Nomination Committee. To find your local credit union click here.