Sawston: Getting to know your neighbours

Sawston time bank started in January 2019, with the aim of enabling local people to come together and help each other by exchanging knowledge, services and skills.

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Scotland: Fiona and Frances team up

Fiona is a member of a Time Bank in Scotland, and so far has given six hours. She is a full time carer for her husband. Fiona joined the Time Bank to give some time doing something for herself. As a carer she likes the flexible nature of time banking. She can give her time doing something she wants to help with; but she cannot commit to a more regular volunteering role. Fiona has given her time helping school children cross the road safely at a local orienteering event. Fiona has also met up with and gone on a short walk with Frances.

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New time bank opened in Winchester

The latest time bank to open in Winchester set up shop in an old council office off the high street.

52 volunteers were there, along with the leader of the council to welcome the latest project which is allied with the NHS Trust in Winchester.

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Help after a major surgery

After having major bowel surgery, I realised that I had limited capacity to undertake every day normal tasks and my mobility was limited. I approached Action for Children service for support in relation to benefits advice, and whilst there I noticed a poster advertising the More Nosh for Dosh group. As cooking was a passion of mine and the venue was close to my home, I was able to attend.

I have been attending the More Nosh 4 Dosh sessions for 8 months. I was approached by Amanda in October about Volunteering through Timebanking.  I have since been supporting families at the group to make meals on a budget, and I was approached to do a small buffet for senior management within Action for Children on the 8th January. I have now banked enough hours on Timebank to look for help with decorating at home. Amanda had spoken to me and suggested that I use my credits by advertising on the Action or Children notice board for a decorator. A match was found the following week and I have now secured a date for other Timebank members to complete the work for me.

I am pleased with the service that I have been given through Timebank and I now have the confidence to approach other community members about what they could gain from Volunteering opportunities.

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St Neots: QM–Oct 2018

This time bank in Cambridgeshire has been around for eight years and is highly active in teaming with local organisations and applying for funding.    

“We were absolutely delighted to hear the news that we have been awarded the TBUK Quality Mark. This approval from TBUK confirms that we continue to operate affectively and positively within the spirit  and ethos of the timebanking movement. It reflects the hard work and commitment of St Neots Time Bank members.”  

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Timebanking UK prospectus

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West Wight: QM–June 2019

West Wight Time bank is made up of members of the West Wight community whose aim is to reach out to individuals and groups in the community, showing them that everyone has something to offer.     

“We’re proud to display the TBUK Quality Mark on all our publicity materials.” 

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Derbyshire Time Swap: QM–June 2019

Derbyshire’s network of time banks is a strong one with well-planned aims and clear outcomes. The time banks operate in areas including Amber Valley, Erewash and High Peak.     

“We’re delighted to announce we have been awarded the  Timebanking UK Quality Mark which recognises the excellent work happening throughout Derbyshire. This award demonstrates the hard work and commitment that the Time Swap team has put into the scheme.” 

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Chesterfield Time Bank: QM–Dec 2019

Chesterfield Time Bank is an independent  time bank with over 300 members, established in 2001. Over this time, it has grown and adapted while staying true to the core values of the timebanking philosophy.     

“Chesterfield Time Bank are thrilled to receive the Timebanking UK Quality Mark! We’re proud of the high standards of operation which have been at the core of  our time bank throughout its 18 years of operation and to have this point endorsed through the Quality Mark is just wonderful.” 

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Leith: QM–Dec 2019

Leith Timebank has been operating in and around Leith since 2012. The time bank’s main focus is to support older people, carers and adults across all generations, many with one or more chronic conditions.   

“Everyone at Leith Timebank is delighted to be awarded the Timebanking UK Quality Mark. We would like to say a massive thank you to our host organisation Pilmeny Development Project, Leith Timebank Advisory Group and our partner organisation. But the biggest ‘thank you’ has to go to our members and local community!” 

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