The self-titled ‘bohemian layabout’, poet and performer has been drafted in to help people save and steer them away from loan sharks by extoling the merits of Stroud Valleys Credit Union.
Stroud Town Council has given a grant of £2,800 to help the voluntarily-run organisation attract new members through a series of street performances entitled ‘Saved’.
Bob Hilliard, a volunteer and internal auditor, said Mr Fluffypunk will play a housewife who is being harassed by a predatory loan shark.
“We need to let more people know about the Credit Union and this is an exciting way of getting their attention,” he said.
“We were both pleased and surprised to receive the grant from Stroud Town Council as this street theatre is nothing if not uniquely Stroud, original in concept and previously untried – so it’s a brave act of faith on the part of the Town Council to give support.”
The Credit Union, which was established 17 years ago, provides a sustainable money management service. Aimed at those who are excluded from mainstream banks and building societies it gives its 550 members, who are aged four to 76, the chance to save and take out low interest loans. It has branches in Dursley, Tetbury, Bisley and Stroud.
“The decision to approve our request for funding reflects the council’s concern that the help and support the community-based Credit Union offers in these increasingly difficult financial times are made more-widely known to those who might benefit or enjoy supporting,” Mr Hilliard said.
“Traditionally the Credit Union has tended to hide away a little but here’s a fun way to re-introduce ourselves with a show to enjoy and to be part of in full street theatre style.”
‘Saved’ will be in Stroud High Street or Merrywalks around 10.30am and noon on Saturday June 18, July 23, August 20 and September 10.