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Welcome to the

Darlington Credit Union

The Darlington Credit union is a financial co-operative organisation formed in 2009.

Since then, we have continously grown and today we are a community of nearly 6,000 members, providing an ethical and safe place to save and borrow in Darlington.


You can register online or by popping in to one of our collection points


Saving is easy for both adults and juniors - you can save through your work too


One of our key aims to provide credit to our members at an affordably low rate


We offer businesses a means of ethically investing to improve lives in Darlington

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Latest News


Darlington Credit Union’s MoneySmart project has been shortlisted! As part of the next stage, the project goes to a public vote.

The project is centred around one to one money management support for clients in various vulnerability demographics and financial education workshops for young people aged 15 and over, as well as developing workshops and money management tools.

Please vote for us by clicking on the link below and voting for Darlington Credit Union: MoneySmart. It takes less than 10 seconds to do and will help us continue to help those in our community.

Please vote and share!


Many thanks in advance,

The DCU team

Darlington Credit Union's 6th Annual General Meeting 2016


Wednesday 20th April 2016
6:00pm - 7:30pm
St. Augustine's Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, DL3 7TG
Parking available at the venue


Please find the agenda for the AGM here (pdf, 177kb). A pack will be provided on the evening.

Please note that you must pre-register your attendance to vote which you can do here. Alternatively, you can call/e-mail the office to register.

Figures for 2015 released today by Darlington Credit Union have demonstrated the positive impact a move to prominent modern town centre premises has had on the organisation.

Darlington Credit Union’s 2015 highlights include:

  • 1,175 new member accounts opened at an average of about 100 per month.
  • 5,749 active members at end of the year.
  • More than £1.8m taken in new deposits.
  • £900,000 granted in new loans.
  • Record breaking months for business in November and December.

The not-for-profit organisation, which comprises seven members of staff and four volunteers, moved from a cramped office in the town’s Church Row to large eye-catching premises wrapping round the corner of Crown Street and Tubwell Row.

The major refurbishment of the former retail showrooms has led to the creation of a bright modern reception area with seating, three cashier points and private consultation rooms on the ground floor and a dedicated board room and administrative space upstairs.

Since the new premises opened for business in September, each month the average number of new members has risen from 82 to 144, the total of loans granted increased from £61,000 to £119,000 and savings deposits gone up from from £144,000 to £195,000.


The Credit Union also has experienced several record breaking months with 166 new members signing up and £202,000 worth of deposits being made in November and £139,000 worth of loans granted in December.


Later this year, the credit union will add current accounts, cash ISAs and online banking to its existing savings and loans products as part of a Government national £38 million investment in the Credit Union movement.

Tony Brockley, Darlington Credit Union Chief Executive, said: “2015, as a whole, was an incredibly successful year for the Credit Union.

“However, these latest annual figures illustrate the significant impact the opening of our new modern headquarters had on transactions and membership in the fourth quarter of the year.

“Our new base provides a modern more customer-friendly and focused environment that has allowed us to offer a more professional, effective and efficient service.

“What we have accomplished in the last year also bodes well for when we are able to offer a bigger range of services under the Government’s ambitions to expand the appeal of credit unions to a wider consumer base.

“The 2015 figures demonstrate that Darlington Credit Union has strong financial foundations and as a result is in a prime position to play a leading role in the Credit Union movement becoming a more mainstream financial institution.”

Your money is safe with us as we are covered by the FSCS.

Learn more about how FSCS protects your money:

How FSCS protects your money?


Christmas Eve: 9am - 12pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

Monday 28th December: Closed

Tuesday 29th December: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 30th December: 10am - 4pm

Thursday 31st December: 9am - 12pm

Friday 1st January: Closed

Saturday 2nd January: 10am - 12pm

Monday 4th January: Back to normal hours


Make sure you get your loan application in on time!

Last loan assessment of the year: Thursday 17th December


We would love to wish our members a lovely Christmas and a very happy new year.

From the DCU Team