THIS year marks the seventh anniversary of the 1st Alliance Credit Union in Kilwinning opening its doors.

The community bank based in the town’s Main Street was formed when Stevenston and Kilwinning Credit Unions merged and offers savings, loans and support to its members.

The 1st Alliance Credit Union has been supporting members in North Ayrshire throughout the lockdown offering all of its services to them despite the Kilwinning office being closed.

And next month, for the first time the Credit Union will be hosting its Annual General Meeting online.

Using the GoTo platform, all members are asked to contact 1st Alliance via their website at where they can access the AGM before the meeting on Monday, March 1 at 6pm.

Carol McHarg of 1st Alliance said: “Due to the pandemic and the lockdown situation we are in we will be holding our AGM online for the first time.

“As this is a virtual meeting, we are unable to hand out the usual information packs. We have therefore added the documents, including our annual report, agenda and minutes and we ask that members contact us before the meeting to allow us to set up access for them.

“Even though our office is closed we are all still working and supporting our members, probably now more than even.

“We are proud at 1st Alliance to offer affordable community banking where our members come first.”

As more people are focusing on their finances during lockdown, anyone can join the credit union.

They offer savings accounts, low income loans, online banking, a Christmas Savings Club and are also open for young people to join the Junior Savers account.

For more information contact the Kilwinning team on 01294 557123.