Stop Loan Sharks; Winter Newsletter now out and future training opportunities

Please click here to read the latest from Stop Loan Sharks by Illegal Money Lending Team. They also have further training opportunities in 2021 for practitioners that work with ‘at risk’ individuals and families. Anyone can be at risk of a loan shark and this issue may get worse as more of us experience financial hardship due to the effect of lockdown and tha pandemic.

Session 1: Could you spot a loan shark?

The purpose of loan shark training is to provide information and knowledge about the issue, how it relates to your work and how we can help those who have borrowed from illegal lenders. The length of the session is approximately one and a half hours.

It will include key things to look out for as a sign that a friend, client or colleague may be involved with a loan shark. The session will show the impact that illegal lenders have on victims and communities and how we can work together to stop people falling into the clutches of criminals.

9th Feb 1030 -1200 

23rd Feb 1030 -1200

Session 2: Changing Lives – a loan shark victim’s journey and the part you play:

A continuing learning opportunity for those who have already received Stop Loan Sharks training.


This is an additional learning tool for those that already know the basic facts about loan sharks. Learn about the implications and facts around reporting or not reporting for your business and staff; Learn about victim safety, Data Protection issues and how to help victims open up about their situation.

11th Feb 1030 – 1200 

2nd March: 1030-1200

Stand-alone session: Do you understand credit unions?

Leading the Seminar will be England Illegal Money Lending Team’s specialist Credit Union Liaise Officer, Sean Lynch. Before joining the Stop Loan Sharks team Sean worked at Citysave Credit Union, based in Birmingham which had roughly 7,500 members and savings deposits of over £7 Million.

For the last 3 years of his time there, he managed the Credit Union and looked after day to day operations, lending, marketing and website content as well as contributing to the governance as well as all policies approved by the board.

Lin Fisher will also be contributing with her experience of working with local Credit Unions.

2nd Feb – 1030 -1200

25th Feb – 1030 -1200

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