First set up in 2012, by Gloucester-based time bank Fair Shares, Stratford Time Bank is run by a community interest organisation, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
Thanks to funding from Orbit Housing, we employ a part-time Time Broker, Sarah Coxall, to organise the Time Bank and develop its activities across Stratford-on-Avon district. Stratford Time Bank now has nearly 250 individual members and 20 organisational members who have contributed over 6,000 hours of community and neighbourly help over the past three years.
All face-to-face exchanges and social activities are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. But our befriending scheme has expanded to enable more members to stay in tough with others by phone or e-mail, and we are also running online social get-togethers. We are still joining up new members, though offers and activities will remain limited during coronavirus lockdown.
We are grateful to Heart of England Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund for financial support during this period.