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.
This three-year national programme funded by Sport England, a collaboration between Timebanking UK, Serco and the Alzheimer’s Society, aims to improve the physical and mental health of people living with dementia. The programme pairs people living with dementia with buddies to enable them to access Serco leisure centres, using timebanking as a mechanism of exchange. Targets are to involve all 30 Serco leisure sites, with 54,000 hours exchanged between 675 time bank buddies/people living with dementia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A three-year project with the Royal British Legion used timebanking to support families of former and current military personnel to support them to become more involved in the community. TBUK met all the targets in this project, which involved 11 sites, and 2,198 people exchanging over 30,000 hours.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation awarded TBUK a two-year grant, targeted at young people who were excluded, or at risk of being excluded from school or college. TBUK worked with Simon Ghartey of Progress to establish the Eco-Stars Time Bank with young people from Brixton. Eco-Stars developed community gardens with youth and community groups and schools. Four youth time banks were created, with young people involved in their running and management from the outset. Nearly 1,000 young people benefited from the scheme, directly or indirectly, and learned new practical and social skills. 90% reported improved confidence and 63% reported improved attitude and attendance at school.