What is a credit union?

A credit union is a community cooperative, created and run by its members, for the benefit of the membership.

A credit union is a responsible alternative for savings and loans. They have been around in the UK since 1964 and understand individual member’s circumstances. Credit Unions help to provide access to savings and loans that members might not be able to otherwise access. With a focus on what people can afford, credit unions make decisions that benefit members, not external shareholders. They also encourage savings that benefit their communities and help members access money responsibly.

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6 benefits of credit unions

We are an ethical alternative to big banks and payday lenders


Unity is strength
Made by retail workers, for retail workers


Payroll Deduction
Make payments directly from your wages


We aren't robots
We take a personal look at each application


Life Insurance
Free Loan Life Insurance for all members


Bring your family
Family members can also save and borrow with us


Funds protected
By Financial Services Compensation Scheme



Who are Voyager Alliance?

Alliance Credit Union was founded in 1984 and Voyager Credit Union was founded in 1992. The two Credit Unions merged in September 2006 to become Voyager Alliance Credit Union.

In 2008 Wayfarer Credit Union based at Manchester Airport also merged with Voyager Alliance to form the Credit Union we have today.

The head office is located in Manchester, and we also have 135 volunteer representatives at work places throughout the country.

Voyager Alliance has grown steadily over the years and is now one of the UK's largest credit unions offering a wide range of financial products.

In 2016, a report from Co-operatives UK recognised the significant role the credit union movement has played in the growth of the wider co-operative sector. British credit union membership has doubled over the last decade to more than 1.2 million, while the sector's assets have trebled to more than 1.3 billion.

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Payroll Deduction

If you work for one of our Payroll Partners, you can set aside a regular sum of money from your wages or salary.

Payroll deduction makes managing your finances effortless, it's also really easy to set up and amend later. It simply sets aside a fixed sum from your salary or wages into your savings or loan account each time you get paid.

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We aren't robots

Our members are unique, so when you apply for a loan we look at your circumstances and approve a wide range of applicants - not just if the computer says yes.

High street lenders give their best rates to applicants with good credit. We aim to help as many people as possible to borrow without using high-interest payday loan companies.

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Loans Life Insurance

When you become a member and take out a loan with Voyager Alliance, you automatically qualify for free life insurance on your loan*.

Our Loans Life Insurance covers all of our members' loan accounts, for total peace of mind when you borrow from Voyager Alliance Credit Union. In the event of your death, the Credit Union will write off the remainder of your loan, meaning that your family will not need to worry about outstanding debts.
*Terms and Conditions apply.

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Bring your family

Once you become a member of Voyager Alliance, you are eligible to stay a member for life - even if you stop working in retail.

Not only this, but the moment you become a member, any family living at the same address are also eligible to join the Credit Union. This means that the whole family can access our savings, loans, and bespoke financial education.

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Savings protected

Your eligible deposits with Voyager Alliance are protected up to a total of £85,000 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

This is the UK's deposit guarantee scheme. Any deposits you hold above the limit are unlikely to be covered, which is why we have capped our savings limit at £85,000.

Please click here to read "A Guide to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme" or visit www.fscs.org.uk

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