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SurreySave Credit Union has one simple goal: to be the first choice for low cost, high quality ethical financial services serving all who live or work in
SurreySave was started by a group of volunteers from Guildford,
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Credit unions are owned and controlled by their members. Profits are used to grow the business, or passed back to members as interest or dividends.
We exist to help our members help themselves, encouraging them to develop prudent financial habits and understand the true cost of credit. Whenever possible, we assist those who struggle to make ends meet, helping them up the ladder to financial health.
Martin Lewis' Money Saving Expert website has more details on how credit unions work.
The SurreySave Team
SurreySave’s core team consists of three salaried employees – a Chief Executive, a Loans Officer and an Operations Manager. They work out of the Sheerwater Estate in Woking.
The Board of Directors that supervises our credit union is made up of volunteers, chosen by our members for their specific skills and links to the community. Our Board of Directors provide SurreySave with a wide range of mature, relevant skills and experience.
SurreySave is audited and reviewed by an independent and qualified supervisory committee, in line with Financial Services Authority guidelines.
A credit union is a social enterprise which aims to become self-sustaining as soon as possible. In order to do this we need to minimise our costs while providing a professional service to our customers. One way in which we do this is to recruit volunteers to assist with operations.
The volunteer recruitment process consists of an interview with the CEO and Board members, followed by an appropriate probationary period. The typical length of agreement is six months, and people usually volunteer for about four hours per week. Work hours are flexible and can include home-working where appropriate.
If you would like to be considered for a volunteer role please contact us. We would be especially interested to hear from people with book-keeping, accountancy, marketing, IT and information management skills.
Champions are volunteers who work to enable their friends, colleagues and customers to become SurreySave members. All organisations that fund the credit union have nominated champions, whose principal responsibility is to act as a key point of contact between SurreySave and the organisation, advising the credit union on internal communications and providing customer feedback.
If your organisation is already working with the credit union and you would like to act as a champion, or if you would like to know more about how your organisation can work in partnership with SurreySave please contact us.