Time Banking UK is the national umbrella charity linking and supporting time banks across the country. We provide support, advice, guidance, resources and training to anyone interested in learning about timebanking, incorporating timebanking into their organisation or those who want to start up community time banks.
Timebanking UK supports all models of timebanking in all settings, with organisational timebanking becoming a big part of the sustainability plans of networks across the country.
Timebanking is witnessing extraordinary growth since the first time banks in the UK in 1998. Spread to over 40 nations and 6 continents, there is now over 26,000 people time banking in the UK alone who have generated over 1.3 million hours of support for each other. There are new time banks being set up every week. With the twin drivers of the public deficit crisis and the Coalition Government’s commitment to hand more power and responsibility to local communities and individuals, the political climate could not be more supportive of time banking.
We are a charity and company limited by guarantee.
Our head office is in Stroud, Gloucestershire where our core team work and liaise with time banks across the country.
Timebanking UK believes in a world in which people may have all they need for their own well being by contributing what they can to:
To do this we have three clear roles: HELPING, THINKING & DOING.
Supporting timebanking projects and our membership through advice, consultancy, training and technical support
Researching and evaluating timebanks projects, helping to shape the policy debate around coproduction and sytem change
Prototyping and piloting new models of timebanking and co-productions, such as the ‘Shares’ social marketplace.
We work primarily with organisations from the public and community sectors, in a consultancy and advisory capacity
Our training programmes cover a broad range of interests through from local community champions interested in timebanking to commissioners of public services.
Our software and support packages are open to everyone.
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85 year old Grace contacted the Southend Timebank at SAVS in Southend and told them how she had spent last Christmas in hospital and would really like a proper Christmas Dinner this year. Due to a broken hip, Grace has not been out of the house (apart from in hospital transport) for a long time and she explained that making Christmas dinner was difficult.
The Southend Timebank registered Grace’s request and within days they had found a mother and daughter team (Diane and Yasmin) who were happy to make Grace’s wish come true.
Diane and Yasmin took Grace the full works! Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding, bread sauce, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts!! They went back an hour later with Christmas pudding and cream with a cracker. Grace told the Southend Timebank that she was very pleased and enjoyed her dinner very much. Grace also went on to say that Diane even did the washing up afterwards which impressed her further! Diane and Grace are now firm friends and she will be continuing to visit Grace on a regular basis.
Emily Middlemast (Southend Timebank Co-ordinator for SAVS) said:
“Time Banking is about people helping people, for every hour you help someone, you earn a credit which you can either use to ask someone to do something for you (exchanging skills), or you can donate into a community pot for people like Grace. It’s a lovely way to help out in your community at a time to suit you.
To join the Southend Time Bank just go to www.tinyurl.com/southend-timebank or call 01702 356060 to find out more”