Local people gain time credits for what they give

18 November 2013

“I share someone else's garden nearby, which I got through Time Bank. He's elderly and can no longer manage it himself. When I get a harvest, I can swap other veg at the Food Co-op with mine, which I love.”

Time Bank Plus connects and involves residents in their local community. All of this is done in the spirit of good will, where no money changes hands but people gain time credits for what they give. For each hour you spend helping someone else, you receive one time credit which can be exchanged for a service you would like, or donated to someone else in need. Whatever you can offer, whatever you need, everyone's time is valued equally.

"I've been involved with Time Bank for 4 years, running two Knit & Natter groups in local sheltered housing. It's improved my confidence tremendously and I've made a lot of new friends. Both groups enjoy the Knit & Natter and very much look forward to it and enjoy the fact that they're making things that are going to be used in the community. In return, several of them have had help with their gardens, or with accompanying them to appointments and the shops." Member of Time Bank Plus

People’s Health Trust fund has helped to create more timebanking opportunities and activities for the local residents of the Redland Park and Pennyquick estates in Twerton. By talking to residents and finding out what they wanted to see in their community, they’ve set up an arts and crafts group at the local school and are organising a football coach for youngsters in the area. This is a fantastic way for people to connect to a wider social network and feel involved in their local community.

 

 

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