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Woolmer Forest hits 6 million!

A time bank in Hampshire bank has made history by recording the 6 millionth timebanking hour.

After weeks of watching as the numbers got closer and closer to the magical six million mark, TBUK’s IT manager Ian Toplis announced that the time bank that tipped the balance was Woolmer Forest in Hampshire, which serves the area around Whitehill and Bordon.

Claire Coxwell, the time bank’s hard-working manager (pictured right), said, “How amazing that Woolmer Forest Timebank is the one out of all the time banks in the UK who achieved the six millionth timebanking hour!”

The six millionth hour was earned by time bank member Daphne, who’s been supporting another member, Sue, by phoning her regularly to talk to her through a difficult time.

TBUK’s CEO Sarah Bird said, “Claire, we’re so very proud of you, Daphne, and Sue for helping TBUK and our timebanking community reach this amazing milestone. It’s a huge achievement for you and your members, for all of our British time banks, and for the timebanking movement.”

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International Timebanking Day

Timebanking is a truly international phenomenon, with roots in Japan and the UK. The first ‘time banks’ appeared in the USA in the 1980s, thanks to Edgar Cahn, the ‘father of timebanking’.

To mark Edgar’s birthday on Tuesday 23 March, our friends and partners at Timebanks.Org are hosting the third International Timebanking Day, with events spread across Sunday and Tuesday that stretch from New Jersey to New Zealand and tap into the experience of time bank members of a range of ages and backgrounds.

To find out about the events that are going on and maybe take part, click here.

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Time for timebanking!

Two women are holding a t shirt that says 'ask me about timebanking'. They are in front of a timebanking display. They're both smiling.

As pandemic restrictions ease, we’re looking forward to timebanking exchanges of all types taking place safely again.

If you’d like to find out how timebanking works, come along to one of our online sessions and find out how timebanking makes people feel happier, healthier and better connected. You’ll also discover why timebanking is great for communities – and for companies or larger organisations.

Each standalone Zoom session explains how timebanking works in practice, and how Timebanking UK can help you start a time bank in your neighbourhood.

Please click on the relevant session to register. We look forward to seeing you there.

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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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