CU Futures 2018 group project winners visit Poland

By Patrick Thorpe posted 29-01-2019 12:30:34


This week, winners of the 2018 CU Futures group project have visited Gdansk, Poland to enjoy their prize of a special study tour to meet with Polish Credit Unions.

A key part of the CU Futures programme is for participants to work collaboratively in groups on a 12-month project to address the challenges that face the credit union sector. Back in March at the ABCUL Annual Conference, each team presented their proposal to a judging panel.

This year’s panel included Emily Harrison (Former Credit Union Foundation Manager), Liz Barclay (Former Chair of The Credit Union Foundation), Rachael Barber and Greg Schiefelbein (Citi) and Linda Levy (Lower East Side People’s Credit Union).

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After much debate between a range of excellent presentations, the winning idea was that delivered by Mikey Jones (Police Credit Union), Rizwan Shams (Cardiff & Vale Credit Union) and Toni Lynn (Enterprise Credit Union) on their excellent concept of insurance for young people within the credit union sector.

For their prize, the group has travelled to ABCUL’s Polish equivalent, NACSCU in Sopot, where they attended a welcome meeting with Rafal Matusiak, President of NACSCU and Elected Director of World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) and Janusz Ossowski, President of Foundation for Cooperation of Education and Director of Cooperation Scientific Institute.

They have also visited a Stefczyk Credit Union branch office where they participated in several training sessions and learnt more about the Polish credit union sector.

Executive Director of the Credit Union Foundation, Carol Strand is delighted to see the group winners have such a worthwhile trip and looks forward to the progression of the CU Futures class of 2019. Carol said: “This programme is a great opportunity for young people across our sector to learn and develop the leadership skills they need to be the future leaders of the sector.  A key skill for any leader, and particularly in the credit union sector, is collaboration and the group projects give participants an opportunity to refine those skills by working together on their group projects.  This year’s winners were excellent in their idea and its presentation and are deserving recipients of the study tour opportunity.

“We are very grateful to Citi Foundation and our colleagues in the Polish credit unions for their support for CU Futures; we look forward to welcoming the group home and giving them an opportunity to share their experiences.

“There is growing demand and support for CU Futures from ABCUL credit unions, and the Credit Union Foundation Trustees have pledged their ongoing support for the programme.  One of the sector’s key challenges is nurturing and retaining young talent and equipping them with the relevant skills and knowledge to become the sector’s future leaders.  We are delighted to be able to provide this contribution to that effort.”