INVESTMENT in technology and training has allowed Clackmannanshire Credit Union members to make withdrawals without having to go into the office during Covid-19.

The Wee County's volunteer-run financial co-operative has kept busy during lockdown, making sure members can interact by offering new online services.

This includes capacity to apply for membership or loans while being able to make bank transfers.

Sean McGarvey, president at Clackmannanshire Credit Union, said: "During a difficult time we have done our best to keep in touch with members and ensure we helped as much as possible with issues of financial management.

"Since reopening it has been particularly heartened to hear members express their appreciation."

Indeed, the credit union has been a vital lifeline for many members, such as Katrina Colligan.

She said: "I cannot praise and recommend Clackmannanshire Credit Union enough.

"They have supported me throughout various difficult and financially trying times since I started saving with them from their start.

"More specifically through this latest predicament with Covid-19 and without their support and understanding I would be in far worse straits than I am.

"I would encourage everyone to join a Credit Union and support their local community."

While online services are available, the credit union's office on Alloa's Bank Street has re-opened on July 22.

Mr McGarvey added: "We are of course applying government requirements for the safety of volunteers and members.

"Everyone is expected to wear a face covering, because of space restrictions, only one member at a time can enter the premises and we are particularly vigilant in cleaning.

"It is however, good to be back."

The office is open from 10am to 12noon on Monday and Wednesday mornings as well as on Friday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.30pm for appointments only.

Visit for further information or to become a member.