Timeline Stories

2020: Media training to help people into employment

Funded by the ESF and in partnership with Voluntary Arts and the Richmond Fellowship, It’s About Time is a year-long project delivering media training to unemployed people in Liverpool. Participants gain skills in team work, project management, writing and editing, and podcast presenting, recording and editing, as well as taking part in timebanking activities.


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2020-23: Dementia buddies

Serco logo – bringing service to life

This Sport England-funded three-year national programme, a collaboration between Timebanking UK, Serco and Alzheimer’s Society, aims to improve the physical and mental health of people living with dementia. The More Volunteering programme pairs people living with dementia with buddies to support them to access Serco leisure centres. The buddies support their partners while they visit the pool or gym, and earn a timebanking hour per visit, which they can redeem for a trip to the leisure centre for themselves.

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2020: Helping young offenders

A partnership with HMYOI Aylesbury enables young offenders to earn time credits while serving custodial sentences, though peer support, attending education courses, or leading clubs or groups. These credits are distributed to time banks who donate them to vulnerable or isolated community members. Feedback gives young offenders self-esteem, confidence and a feeling of being connected – helping to overcome the lack of empathy that is cited as a major cause of reoffending. TBUK is exploring the possibility of offenders banking their hours to ‘spend’ on training or development upon release, and ways to integrate timebanking throughout the criminal justice system.

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2019-2021: Opening up access to visually impaired people

Woman walking with white stickA two-year programme initially funded by the Greater London Fund for the Blind (now the Vision Foundation) to improve TBUK’s provision for people with sight loss in London. TBUK has improved access to our website, adapted our bespoke software, and created support materials in Braille. Additional funding from the Vision Foundation in 2020 for a series of events, training days and local support activities will enable London time banks to involve more people with sight loss and visual impairments.

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2019-2021: Reducing loneliness and isolation

Dunhill Medical Trust logo – two ears of wheat in pale blue

Following a successful pilot, Dunhill Medical Foundation are working with TBUK to roll out the Timebanking for Health project, which aims to involve older people in their local time bank to reduce loneliness and isolation. The pilot was tested in 10 areas and is currently being expanded to benefit 600 older people across the UK.

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2018-2020: Investing in our staff

Logo of The Tudor Trust – green text on white background

Two years of investment from the Tudor Trust has enabled Timebanking UK to employ our operations lead, Nicki Baker, to expand our reach and capacity and grow the timebanking movement across the UK.

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2017-2020: Improving lives in care homes

Logo for the National Development Team for InclusionThe three-year Time to Connect project was funded by the National Lottery in partnership with the National Development Team for Inclusion. The £250,000 project set out to improve the lives of care home residents using timebanking to link them to their communities to share interests and experiences.

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2016-2019: Growing time banks in Hampshire

Hampshire County Council logo – Tudor rose with blue crown above

Hampshire County Council awarded Timebanking UK a grant to implement a network of time banks throughout Hampshire. Initially this was as part of a wider community engagement project, but at the end of the first year the timebanking element was making demonstrable progress with nine time banks established, so the grant was extended until March 2019.

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2015-2017: Helping Syrian refugees 

A group of Syrian children in a refugee camp.TBUK was commissioned by Barnet Council to manage a two-year time bank project, which incorporated a programme aiming to involve Syrian refugees in the local community. TBUK calculated the social return of investment (SROI) of the project and found that, for every £1 spent, £9.34 of social value was achieved.

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2015: A first step for jobseekers

Front door and sign for a Job Centre Plus building.The Department of Work and Pensions supports Timebanking UK, recognising that timebanking can be a powerful first step for unemployed people who find it hard to engage in training or formal volunteering. Every Job Centre Plus in the UK received a Notification of Change in 2015 to allow timebanking hours to count towards job-seeking hours.

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