Open Doors Drop-In Service
Open Doors now meet at The St James Centre, Victoria Road
Lay Pastoral Assistants
Lay Pastoral Assistants, who are chosen by the Rector and PCC, are commissioned to assist with the ministry of the parish under the direction of the incumbent.
They may work with children and young people, the sick, the recently bereaved, the elderly and the housebound. They may take communion to those unable to come to church.
Opendoor is a Christian led, ecumenical mission meeting in the Parish Rooms, specifically serving those on the fringe, whom the authorities regard as 'hardest to reach'
Volunteers are always required to help - Contact Us
Wiltshire Community Bank
Across Wiltshire there are many people who for a variety of reasons do not have savings accounts or easy access to low cost loans. To meet the financial needs of these communities, separate Credit Unions evolved over time in the North, South and West of Wiltshire and have been in operation for many years.
The economic conditions of the last few years has resulted in a growing number of people finding it difficult to control their money and often falling prey to what have become known as 'Payday Lenders'. The result of using these companies can be very expensive and may lead to spiralling debt that becomes impossible to control.
In 2011 the Credit Unions of North Wiltshire and Kennet, South Wiltshire and West Wiltshire decided to work in partnership to provide services for everyone in Wiltshire under the umbrella of the Wiltshire Community Bank.
Their aim was to broaden their services to help those who were facing these financial difficulties. While the payday lenders seek to profit from the loans they offer, our aim is to help these people gain control of their money by offering a combination of savings and loans.
Become a member of one of our Credit Unions and start saving as the first step in taking control of your money and once you have saved for a few months you will have access to low cost loans. Our website (see below) explains the steps needed to take control of your money.
For the minority of people who need an immediate loan and cannot wait a few months you might believe your only option is a pay day lender. In special cases we might be willing to provide such a loan but only under strict conditions.
To find out more about your local Credit Union, click on your area on the left under Wiltshire Community Bank heading, or visit your local Community Branch.
How safe is my money?
All three Credit Unions are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority the same as any bank or building society. We are members of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).
The FSCS can pay compensation to depositors if a Credit Union is unable to meet its financial obligations. All depositors - including most individuals and small businesses - are covered by the scheme. For full details visit our website. (wiltscommunitybank.co.uk)
Who runs the Credit Union?
The Credit Union is managed by a Board of Directors elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. Various aspects of the day-to-day running of the business are managed by committees and officers appointed at the annual general meeting or by the Board of Directors in accordance with the Rules. The Credit Union is run by people in the community for the community. There are no remote shareholders taking a cut in the profits or dictating how the business is run.
How can I Volunteer to help run the Credit Union?
The volunteers are critical to the success of the Credit Union and new volunteers are always welcome. Free full training is given and out of pocket expenses are payable. For more details and our volunteers charter go to the Volunteering Section of the website or visit your local Community Branch.
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