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DEEU Programme

The DE Europe Programme, offered by the Credit Union Foundation, is an intensive six-day residential training course.

Applications are now open for the DE Europe Programme 2024! The programme will be taking place in Edinburgh from the 4-10 September, facilitated by Marlene Shields OBE, CEO of Capital Credit Union and Lois Kitsch, co-founder of CUdifference. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend one of the best classes ever. Scholarships are available, full and partial, please indicate when submitting your application if you would like to apply for one. Applications forms, the 2024 brochure and more information can be found below:

We are also looking for volunteers to mentor at this years programme, if you have previously completed DE Europe and would like to inspire and encourage the new DE’s please complete the Mentors application form that can also be found on the CU Foundation website or email members@abcul.org.

About the Programme

DE Europe is designed for credit union professionals, including frontline staff, volunteers, CEOs, and Directors, to deepen their understanding of cooperative principles, credit union philosophy, and global development challenges. The course includes group work, individual projects, influential speakers, and presentations, culminating in a graduation ceremony. Participants in the DE Europe acquire fresh skills in problem-solving, team building, and public presentations. They develop a global perspective on credit union challenges and opportunities, learning to promote cooperative principles in the competitive financial marketplace. The Credit Union Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the financial well-being of communities through the support of credit unions. We focus on three key areas: empowering credit union development, fostering education initiatives, and providing direct grants and support.

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DE Europe 2024 Programme

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What We Do

Our programs, like CU Futures and DE Europe , are designed to educate and develop credit union professionals, ensuring they can effectively serve their communities. By advancing financial literacy and supporting credit union growth, we aim to create a more inclusive financial landscape for all.

Objectives of the initiative

  • To provide credit union employees and volunteers with an insight into the cooperative movement philosophy and international development issues which challenge credit unions today
  • To provide an opportunity for participants to gain valuable knowledge and play a vital role in the development and sustainability of credit unions across the Globe
  • An opportunity to meet and connect with peers from all parts of the world and join an alumni community where you can keep in contact with your credit union peers and join the alumni of over 4,500 graduates from all across the Globe
  • Gain certification as Credit Union Development Educators (DE’s)

Qualifying requirements

  • Be an employee or volunteer of a credit union, trade association and/or Credit Union service organisation
  • Be willing to devote a reasonable amount of work and personal time for development related activities of your choosing
    Overseas attendees must have graduated from their home country DE course.

Learn More with Us

Reach out to us and learn more about the credit union sector. Our team is eager to share knowledge and initiatives about how credit unions empower communities, support individual growth, and foster financial literacy.

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Upcoming Initiatives

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CU Futures

CU Futures is a dynamic initiative focused on nurturing the next generation of credit union leaders. Through targeted education and development programs, we are investing in the future of the credit union movement.

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Save & Sound

Save and Sound is a heritage project by the Credit Union Foundation, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It aims to preserve the early history of credit unions in Britain through oral history interviews, a new website, events, courses, podcasts, and a toolkit to replicate the work in other regions.

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Get In Touch

Connect with us to learn more about our work or how you can get involved. Our team is eager to engage with individuals and organisations committed to the credit union cause.

Contact Info

We seek passionate, driven individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to the credit union movement. Ideal candidates are eager to learn, ready to embrace new challenges, and keen to apply their knowledge within their credit unions.

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Manchester M60 0AS

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