At Timebanking UK, we value collaboration highly – after all, sharing knowledge and skills is what we’re all about. And we’re proud to have worked together with some of the key names in the UK’s charity, public and private sectors. Click on the titles to read more about each project.
If you’d like to know more or are interested in working with Timebanking UK on a project, please get in touch.
In this third project, we are focusing on people with visual impairments and their love of golf. Our partners are Blind Golf England and we will be using timebanking to support their members, introduce more people to Blind Golf and help their members to realise their value in being able to help others.
A one year programme to involve young people with disabilities across Liverpool to get involved in activities which they enjoy and want to learn; art, music, cooking, sports, etcetera. For every hour they are involved they earn a timebanking hour which they can swap with our corporate partners or learning something new from another young person.
A one year programme to help alleviate loneliness and isolation in older people who have difficulties using technology. Group telephone events are set up where each person gets a phone call to link them up with others to chat about issues of mutual interest. There is a facilitator and speaker on each and the events are open to time banks and their members across the UK.
In this second project, funded by Sport England and Disability Rights UK, time bank members work with people with health conditions or disabilities to ‘simply move more’. The aim is for people to motivate and support each other through timebanking to become more active in a way and at a time that suits them – in 4 new locations.
Funded by the ESF and in partnership with Creative Lives, the Warwickshire and Coventry CVS and the Atherstone Time Bank we delivered a one year long project ‘Sound Ideas’ providing media training to unemployed people in Warwickshire. Participants gain skills in teamwork, project management, writing and editing, and podcast presenting, recording and editing, as well as taking part in timebanking activities.
In this project, funded by Sport England and Disability Rights UK, time bank members work with people with health conditions or disabilities to engage in physical activity together. The aim is for people to motivate and support each other through timebanking to become more active in a way and at a time that suits them.
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.
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.
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.
A 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.
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.