Royal recognition for vital volunteers at Cashbox Credit Union
15 Jun 18
Cashbox Credit Union is the latest recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Cashbox is based in Ashton-under-Lyne after being formed by the amalgamation of smaller local credit unions in 2005. Cashbox is supported by Tameside Council and social landlord the Jigsaw Group (New Charter) who see the value of a financial cooperative helping the local economy. By providing safe savings and loans for its members, Cashbox is regarded in the community as the fairest source of credit, the credit union has saved in the last year £495,000 in interest charges by members when compared to doorstep lenders’ rates.
This contribution to its community has been recognised by the Queens Award for Voluntary Service which marks excellence of voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. Nominations are assessed by a regional committee before being passed to a national committee for final selection and recommendation to the Queen.
Chair of Cashbox, Frank Travis said: “We are understandably delighted to be recognised by this award, a wonderful tribute to the time and effort put in for many years. The strength of Cashbox is the bond between many volunteers and a few paid staff – and we couldn’t do without either.
“We believe the assessors were impressed by meeting and hearing direct from some of our volunteers at the end of last year where their commitment and passion was demonstrated. I’d also acknowledge our gratitude to Councillor Yvonne Cartey who originally nominated us.”
To recognise the award, Frank and one of the credit unions longest serving volunteers Phyllis Turner were invited to a Garden Party hosted by her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Representatives of Cashbox will receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative piece of crystal later in the summer at a ceremony at Gorton Monastery.
(Pictures left to right - Frank Travis & Phyllis Turner)