Hertsavers Social Impact Report

We are currently conducting a survey across all our members to understand how joining our Credit Union has impacted their lives and the overall satisfaction of our members.

What is a Social Impact Report?

A social impact report is used as a communication tool to measure how we, as a credit union, is performing and use it to relate to the overall change brought about to people’s lives and the environment over the past two years.

How will be undertaking the research?

We will be conducting a members’ survey over the next couple of months to get our members’ feedback, thoughts and stories. This will be sent out to all members who have opted in to receiving information via email. If you would like to receive a copy of the members’ survey and you aren’t on our mailing list, please contact office@hertsavers.co.uk with the subject line ‘Members Survey’. All the participants who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw* where two lucky winners will receive £50 into their Hertsavers Savings Account. *Terms and Conditions apply.

We will also be holding virtual face-to-face interviews with some of our members as well as our payroll partners. If you would like to get involved, please register your interest here. All the participants will receive £20 into their Hertsavers Savings Account. Terms and Conditions apply. Further details will be released closer to the time.

As a thank-you, all the participants of the survey will be the first to receive the Social Impact Report.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE PRIZE DRAW

Please read the full terms and conditions below to enter the Hertsavers Credit Union Members Survey 2021 PrizeDraw.

Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

1. By entering the Prize Draw you are agreeing to these Prize Draw terms and conditions.
2. The Prize Draw is being run by Hertsavers Credit Union.

Eligibility to enter

3. The Prize Draw is open to Hertsavers Credit Union members only and entrants must be 18 years of age or older.
4. Employees and board members of Hertsavers Credit Union and its subsidiaries including Employees and board members of Credit Union Solutions (CUS), along with their families and members of their households, are not eligible to enter.
5. In entering the Prize Draw, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win.
6. A maximum of one entry per individual is permitted.
7. The Prize Draw is free to enter.

How to enter

8. Your name and contact details are required for us to notify the winners.
9. By entering the Prize Draw Hertsavers Credit Union cannot guarantee that your survey response will remain anonymous.
10. Prize Draw entries will be accepted up to Midday on 18 July 2021. Entries after that time and date will not be included in the draw.
11. To enter the Prize Draw simply complete and submit the Hertsavers Credit Union Members Survey 2021.
12. Hertsavers Credit Union will not accept responsibility if contact details provided are incomplete or inaccurate.
13. Hertsavers Credit Union holds the right to disqualify entries that demonstrate a lack of consideration to the main survey, including incomplete or incomprehensible answers.

The prize

14. The prize will be £50 in the member’s Hertsavers Savings Account.
15. Two winners will be drawn at random.
16. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternatives will be offered.
17. Hertsavers Credit Union reserve the right to substitute prizes with another prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond our control make it necessary to do so.
18. The decision of Hertsavers Credit Union regarding any aspect of the Prize Draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.

Winner announcement

19. Winners will be notified after 15 September 2021 via the contact details (email or phone) provided in their Members Survey response.
20. Hertsavers Credit Union will attempt to contact the winners by email up to two times.
21. If either winner does not respond to the emails notifying them of their win within 14 days of the second email, they will lose their right to the prize, and Hertsavers Credit Union reserves the right to choose and notify a new winner drawn at random.

Receipt of the prize

22. Please allow 30 days for delivery of the prize into the Savings Account.

Data protection and publicity

23. You consent to any personal information you provide in entering the Prize Draw being used by Hertsavers Credit Union to administer the Prize Draw, and only for those purposes as defined within our privacy notice.
24. All entrants may apply for details of the winning participants by contacting us at office@hertsavers.co.uk.
25. The winners agree to release their first name to any other Prize Draw participants if requested via Hertsavers Credit Union.
26. An announcement of the winners’ first names will be made via Hertsavers Credit Union members eNewsletter.
27. All personal information shall be used in accordance with Hertsavers Credit Union’s Privacy Notice.

Limitation of Liability

28. Hertsavers Credit Union does not accept any liability for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrants as a result of either participating in the Prize Draw or being selected for a prize.

General
29. Hertsavers Credit Union reserves the right to cancel the Prize Draw or amend these terms and conditions at any time, without prior notice.
30. The Prize Draw and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THE VIRTUAL FACE-TO-FACE INTERVIEWS

1. The interviews are being conducted by Hertsavers Credit Union for the social impact report.
2. The reward will be £20 into the member’s Hertsavers Savings Account.
3. To get the £20, the interviewee needs to be available and participate in the full interview.
4. Interviewee needs to be a current member of Hertsavers Credit Union.
5. The interviews will be conducted over Zoom, Google Meet or Teams and will be recorded for the purpose of the research only.
6. Your name and membership number is required so that we can add the token into your Hertsavers savings account.
7. The token is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternatives will be offered.
8. Please allow 14 days for delivery of the token into the Savings Account.
9. Employees and board members of Hertsavers Credit Union and its subsidiaries including Employees and board members of Credit Union Solutions (CUS), along with their families and members of their households, are not eligible to be interviewed.
10. Hertsavers Credit Union reserves the right to substitute rewards with another reward of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond our control make it necessary to do so.
11. Hertsavers Credit Union reserves the right to cancel the interview session and rewards or amend these terms and conditions at any time, without prior notice.
12. These terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.
13. All personal information shall be used in accordance with Hertsavers Credit Union’s Privacy Notice.

 

 

 

Become a workplace champion today

Who is a Workplace Champion?

This is someone who is dedicated to improving at a certain area of within an organisation. They are highly motivated to share their enthusiasm and engage their
community.

We are looking for members, who are part of our Payroll Deduction Scheme with one of our partners, to refer our Payroll Deduction Scheme to their colleagues. By referring your colleagues, you will indirectly help them reduce their money worries and show them how to get into the habit of saving.

As a thank-you, you (the Champion) and your referee will both receive an additional £100 to their account when they take an introductory loan of up to £2000. Terms and conditions apply.

Interested members should contact graham@cus.coop providing their own contact details and their work location.

Together, we can take the money out of worry and create a more productive workplace for everyone.

Hertsavers Payroll Deduction Scheme – apply today

Have you been ever been stressed at work because you are worried about your finances? Does it affect your performance at work? You are not alone… From research done by ABCUL,

“1 in 4 employees lose sleep over money worries.

“59% of employees with money worries say they are not working at their best.”

“26% of working age adults in the UK have no savings at all and a further 29% have less than £1,000 in savings.”

As Hertsavers, we help you take the worry out of money. By joining our Payroll Deduction Scheme, you will be able to save and borrow with us.

When you put aside a predetermined amount of money from your salary/wages each month without spending it, you will automatically save money even without thinking about it. This will help you stop worrying about remembering to put money aside for a rainy day as we would have done it on your behalf.

What’s more, you can take out an introductory loan as soon as you join the credit union.

By taking the money worries away, you will be more productive and less stressed at work.

Apply now

How to boost your financial wellbeing for better mental health

At Hertsavers, we believe that you need to look after your mental health as much as your physical health. According to Mind, the mental health charity, poor mental health can make it more difficult to make earnings and manage money. At the same time, worrying about money can make your mental health worse.

From a survey conducted by Money and Mental Health, 86% of the participants who had experienced mental health problems said that their financial situation worsened their mental health problems.

Those who are suffering from financial stress may experience insomnia (lack of sleep), depression, anxiety, physical health issues such as high blood pressure, weight gain or loss, alcohol or drug abuse, relationship issues and even self-harm or suicidal thoughts.

Here are some of the ways that can help you boost your financial wellbeing:

1. Create a financial plan and stick to it.

Think about what you will be doing to help you cope with the situation that you are in. Do you have spending issues? Get in to the habit of setting a budget. Are you stressed at work? Look for a new job or a side hustle. Paying too much for bills? Shop around for better deals.

Once you have identified the issue and possible solutions, set yourself some goals by making them SMART.

After setting your goals, monitor your progress by checking in. Reward yourself if you have hit a milestone. If you have gone off-track, rein yourself in.

Remember, the more detailed and realistic your plan is, the better the chance that you will follow through. You can even ask someone that you trust to hold you accountable to make sure that you stick to your plan.

2. Set up a monthly budget and review it regularly.

Setting up a budget will not only help you achieve your financial goals but also help you prevent spending unnecessarily.

By keeping track of your budget frequently, you will be able to look for ways to save money, prioritise what you are spending on and see what else you can do to reach your financial goal.

3. Declutter your finances.

After you have reviewed your budget, you can identify what you can spend less on to save money or see what you can remove from your budget if you don’t need it anymore. For example, if have a subscription that you haven’t used, you can stop it. If your mobile contract is about to end, you can start looking for better deals.

You can read our blog for more details on how you can declutter your finances.

4. Get into the habit of saving.

The habit of saving can be quite difficult to stick to however, if you have the right mindset, you will see the results of saving.

Create a goal of how much you are thinking of saving every week/month.

If it helps, you can open a savings account with us so that you have a pot where your money goes. You can find out more here.

Give yourself small rewards for every milestone that you hit. Though make sure your treat/reward costs less than what you have saved :-).

You can read our blog on ‘How to get into the habit of saving money’ here.

5. Get some money mantras that can help whenever you feel low.

Mantras are powerful that can help you boost your confidence and self-worth. They can also help in creating peace and prosperity.

For example:

“I am grateful for the money I have and eager for the abundance that is to come.”

“I forgive myself for my past poor money choices.”

6. Talk to someone about your financial situation.

As the saying goes,” A problem shared is a problem solved.” This is true when it comes to talking to someone about your financial situation. Money is often perceived as a taboo topic however when you do open up, it can help resolve the issues that you may have.

By talking to someone about your worries can help you make sense of what exactly it is that is causing you grief. In fact, sometimes your friend/loved one could even help you come up with a solution that you hadn’t even thought of.

If you need professional advice, there are lots of services that are available such as StepChange and Money Advisory Service.

7. Destress yourself

Financial difficulties don’t disappear overnight however for your mental wellbeing, you can find different ways to help you attain peace of mind.

  • Practice meditation and breathing techniques especially when you have five minutes to spare.
  • Get some exercise into your routine.
  • Get some sleep as feeling tired can make you feel agitated and even more worked up.
  • Practice gratitude – even though you may be struggling financially, think about things that you appreciate. This will help you boost your mood.
  • Eat healthily to help support your mood, and improve your energy.

‘SHARK’ – an interactive film plus free training sessions

The England Illegal Money Lending Team are proud to launch a new interactive film ‘SHARK’ showing the dangers of loan sharks on social media created by the Perception Theatre Company. It’s part of a drive to educate young people about the risks associated with borrowing from loan sharks on social media.

The film which has decision-making pauses where you can decide what route they’d choose has been funded from cash recovered from loan sharks under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).

You can watch the film here.

Stop Loan Sharks training sessions:

Session 1: Could you spot a loan shark?

The purpose of loan shark training is to provide information and knowledge about the issue, how it relates to your work and how we can help those who have borrowed from illegal lenders. The length of the session is approximately one and a half hours.

It will include key things to look out for as a sign that a friend, client or colleague may be involved with a loan shark. The session will show the impact that illegal lenders have on victims and communities and how we can work together to stop people falling into the clutches of criminals.

01 June 1030 -1200

13 July – 1030 – 1200

Session 2: Changing Lives: A loan shark victim’s journey and the part you play.

A continuing learning opportunity for those who have already received Stop Loan Sharks training – this is an additional learning tool for those that already know the basic facts about loan sharks. Learn about the implications and facts around reporting or not reporting for your business and staff; Learn about victim safety, Data Protection issues and how to help victims open up about their situation.

08 June – 1030 -1200

20 July – 1030 – 1200

Session 3: Do you understand credit unions?

Everything you needed to know about credit unions: Learn about the credit union sector – what they are, how they operate, things they do and how we can work together to encourage financial inclusion.

22 June – 1030 – 1200

27 July – 1030 -1200

 

Hertsavers Credit Union celebrates World Earth Day

World Earth Day is celebrated every year on 22 April. It’s a day dedicated to educating communities about the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.

At Hertsavers, we pledge to do our bit for the Earth by making adaptations that are more environmentally friendly.

Going paperless
We recently switched from asking our members to send their paperwork by post to requesting them to complete an online form through our new web app.

Online banking
We encourage members to sign up for online banking. This has dramatically reduced the amount of paper thus protecting our trees and the environment in the long term.

Affordable loans
We encourage people to make their home more energy-efficient and use alternative means of transport to reduce the carbon footprint. It’s never been easier to make these switches than by borrowing one of our affordable loans at fair rates. Such loans include the homeowner loan and transport loan.

We hope to continue making changes that are good for the Earth so watch this space.

Happy Earth Day!

Money mantras from mums to parents

As a parent, sometimes it’s difficult to get your family’s financial head above the water especially with the constant demands from children and with the rising costs of living.

For your mental wellbeing, here are some money mantras to fall back on, and which you can share with your children to prevent them from becoming anxious about money.

1. See the smaller details – that’s what matters

The cliche of seeing the bigger picture is easy to say than do especially if you are struggling to make ends meet.

Instead, think of the small, quick wins that will help you such as the small payments that you can make and the small areas that you can cut back on in your budget.

Sometimes seeing the smaller picture is more helpful.

2. I will control what I can

This mantra helps you to focus on areas that you can proactively manage and prioritise the more important things that need to be done. This is useful especially when you are budgeting.

For example, you can control how much you pay for your energy bills by shopping around for a good deal. However, you can’t control how much tax you need to pay so you can put aside a contingency fund incase your bills are higher than expected.

3. Think of the future first

It’s easy to procrastinate and say that you will do something tomorrow. However sometimes this doesn’t work as you may end up spending more on something due to high interest rates, for example.

If you can make a payment today, do it. Don’t opt for the “buy now pay later” deals. Always read the small print.

Also, don’t borrow from one credit card to pay off another.

Think of your choices. If you are struggling financially, you can always contact us and we can help you come up with a solution.

4. Let’s put it on the list

If there is something that you have been thinking of getting and you can’t afford it at the time, add it to your wishlist. When the time is right, review your wishlist and see if you still need it. Perhaps it was going to be an impulse purchase or you managed to get an alternative.

This would also apply if your child asks you to get something for them especially if it’s a trendy item. Instead of saying “No, I can’t afford that right now!” You can say “Let’s put it on the list and we can look at it at a later date.” They may forget that they had requested this and you may save up for something that they really need.

5. Let’s look for an alternative

Here are a couple of examples:

If you are on a budget and would like to do something with your children, ask them to help you make a decision “Why don’t you help dad and I come up with some fun and free activities that we can do together this weekend.”

Also, if a recipe calls for an ingredient that is pricey, look for an alternative when you go shopping.

We hope that the above money mantras help you with managing your money. If you ever need to talk to us if you are struggling financially or just need help with planning your finances, please do get in touch.

Hertsavers supports International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 08 March. It’s an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, remember their struggles and acknowledge how they have been an inspiration in leading movements globally.

Unlike any other year, the Covid-19 crisis has greatly impacted women’s role in the community, especially in their workplaces. Many have had to take a step-down from their roles to accommodate time to their families; go from working full-time to part-time, or even leave the workforce altogether.

Following this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, #choosetochallenge, Hertsavers Credit Union chooses to call out any gender inequalities whether it’s in the workplace, family or local community. We want to help women get back on their feet financially by encouraging them to talk about money with their family, employers, and friends. We also want them to give them the confidence to make sound decisions and express themselves in their professional and personal lives.

We want them to know that we as a credit union is here to support them when times are tough.

In addition to this, we are committed to contributing to creating a fairer society through our ethical and affordable loans such as the Child Benefits loan as well as cultivating a savings culture through changing everyone’s money habits.

We believe that individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. Together, we can help in creating a more inclusive world by calling out inequality.

We’re in! Will you #ChooseToChallenge?

A checklist on how to save money on your energy bills

A checklist on how to save money on your energy bills

With the recent announcement of the energy prices rising by up to £96, here is a checklist of what you can do to use energy efficiently. This will save you some money and help the environment at the same time.

1. Turn off the lights

If you are about to leave a room and there is nobody else there, turn off the lights.

2. Use energy-saving light bulbs

You can easily cut energy bills by replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-saving ones. Over it’s lifetime, you could easily cut £180 from your energy bills (which.co.uk).

3. Shut off computers and entertainment devices when not in use.

According to Energy Saving Trust, you can save up to £35 a year if you switch off your devices rather than leaving them on standby.

4. Go natural

Where possible, use natural light, heat and cooling. For example, instead of using a tumble dryer, dry your laundry outside on a hot summer’s day or on a clothes rack on a cold winter’s day.

5. Make home improvements

This can be through:
Home insulation (save up to £315)
Installing a new boiler (save around £205 a year)
Cutting draughts (save approx. £20)
Install and use heating controls (save £75)

Estimated costs from which.co.uk

6. Replacing an appliance? Choose energy-efficient appliances (save £213)

Look at energy-efficient ratings to show how efficient a product is. Lab tests done by Which? show that you could save £48 on a washing machine and £69 on a fridge-freezer.

7. Make switches:

We don’t mean light switches here. We mean:

a) Switch suppliers if you haven’t done so in a while. You should always look around for better deals. You could save up to £350. (moneyexpert.com)

b) Switch to Direct Debit

By paying your energy bills through direct debit, you spread the energy costs over the year. This way you will avoid the shock of a winter bill and you could save up to £100 a year as it reduces admin costs. (moneyexpert.com)

You can get detailed information on the above tips on the following websites:

Moneyexpert.com 

Which?

 

 

Five ways to get into the habit of saving money

Some habits are easy to form and can occur automatically without you thinking about them. Some of these are nail-biting; binge-watching TV; or unhealthy eating. Unfortunately, saving money is not a natural habit. Saving money is one of those things that is “easier said than done.” However, we have a few ideas to help you get into the habit of saving money.

1. Set a goal of how much you would like to save by the end of the year. You can use SMART to make your goal.

Specific: Determine how much you would like to save by the end of the year. If you haven’t saved before, start with a small amount.

Measurable: Think about how much you need to save each month to reach your target amount.

Actions: How will you save money each month? Visit our News section to get some hints and tips on saving money, or maybe you can join the Payroll Deduction Scheme (more on this in idea 3).

Realistic: Set a target amount that you can achieve. You can’t say that you will save a million pounds if you have never saved before. If you start by saving as little as £1,200 a year, that’s more realistic. Create milestones and give yourself a little reward for reaching them. This will motivate you to continue saving.

Timely: Think about when you want to achieve your target amount – is it by the end of the year or Christmas?

2. Open a savings account
At Hertsavers, we have a wide range of savings accounts that you can open, whatever the occasion. You can find out more here.

3. Pay yourself first

Did you know that one of the most effective ways to start saving money is “paying yourself first”? You can do this by paying yourself each month through a Payroll Deduction Scheme.

This way you are automatically saving money even without thinking about it.

Find out more about our Payroll Deduction Scheme here.

4. Create a budget for how you will save money rather than spending money. This way, you will know how you would need to put aside to start saving. The Money Skills App has a good tool to help you. Learn more.

5. Are you about to buy something?

Especially if it’s an impulse purchase, simply think of it the following questions:

  • “Do I need, do I REALLY need it?”
  • “How many hours would I need to work to afford this purchase?”

Remember: Be a mindful consumer rather than a mindless one. By thinking about what you are about to spend (and if it’s worth it) is more step towards your habit of saving.

We wish you all the best with your habit of saving. Remember, you can always get in touch with us if you need help with saving your money.