Gillingham Job Club (Dorset)

First Dorset Credit Union

About FDCU

First Dorset Credit Union, founded in 1999, is a Savings and Loan Co-operative, owned and governed by its members, and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Its depositors are fully covered by the Bank Deposit Guarantee Scheme.

FDCU is a not-for-profit organisation. It employs an office manager but is otherwise staffed entirely by Volunteers, of whom there are currently c.120. Like all Credit Unions it has a 'Common Bond'; in our case it is the geographical 'bond' of living or working in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland, and the Blackmore Vale (ie North Dorset and small parts of Wiltshire and Somerset). In North Dorset we have Service Points in Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton and Blandford. Our members currently have over £1m on deposit with us, of which approximatley £450,000 is out on loan.

Gillingham's Service Point is currently located in the Community Office, 1 Chantry Fields, Gillingham, SP8 4UA (next to the library) Saturday 10.00 - 12.00 Wednesdays 12.00 - 14.00.

Later this year FDCU will introduce a Debit Card for its members (operated on our behalf by the Co-op Bank).

Savers with FDCU benefit from an annual Dividend distribution (when Payable). Borrowers benefit from unbeatably low interest, charged on the reducing balance of the loan. A Saver borrowing £300 and repaying in one year will pay only £38.21 in interest. (Provident Personal credit charge £246.00).

For further information on FDCU, visit (Phone 01305 268444)

For further information on credit Unions, visit the Association of British credit Unions at


Volunteering isn't just for retired peole or people who don't need to work for a living! we particularly welcome thse who may be 'between jobs' and wish to add some experience and expertise to their CV. many of these people catch the 'credit union bug' and carry on volunteering after they have found work.


All our volunteers are covered by full Employer's Liability insurance. All our Volunteers work in friendly, pleasant surroundings and play a full part in the life of the Credit Union. You will never be required to work on your own.

We offer you full training and supervision and you will gain experience in:

  • Community banking services, handling people's money and dealing with their financial enquiries efficiently, pleasantly, accurately and with full confidentiality.
  • Data Prorection and money Laundering issues.
  • The 'people skills' of interviewing, and helping people fill in forms and work out their personal budgets
  • Communication and Listening skills.

...AND MORE....

As a Volunteer you will be welcome to train as a Loans Officer and join our experienced team as we conduct in-depth personal interviews with people who wish to borrow money from the Credit Union. You will receive training in the interview techniques required, and in 'de-coding' the highly confidential information produced by reference Checks, Bankruptcy and county Court records, Benefit documents, and bank and credit statements. We don't lend what people can't afford to repay - you will gain valuable expertise in assessing how much this is!

Your local FDCU contact is our Branch Chairman, David Milsted - 01747 826184 -