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Settle: Everyone can get involved with timebanking

Guinea pig
Sam was able to take a weekend break thanks to guinea pig-sitting arranged through her local time bank.

As a disabled member, Sam found joining her local time bank in Settle has enabled her to get really involved in the wider community. Sam is plagued by pain and generally poor health, and this had limited her involvement, leaving her feeling isolated and unhappy.

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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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