We are starting a new project next year and are looking for people that may be interested in taking part. Could this be you?
We are looking for volunteers who can offer a commitment of a couple of hours a week to help patients, who will be discharged from hospital, settle into their own homes again. This involves perhaps ensuring the heating and or lights are turned on, basic essential shopping bought in, informing GPs, care assistants or even relatives who need informing that the patient is home. No personal care is involved in this role. You are also not expected to collect patients from the hospital and drive them home.
No specific skills are required other than empathy and a willingness to help.
References will be required and so will a DBS check as you will be dealing with vulnerable people
Time Bank Thurrock is a project that helps people to help each other.
It’s a great way to be part of the community and to offer your skills or spare time to help other people, and to choose help that you'd like in return. So for example, a Time Bank member may help with clearing someone’s garden, and in return, could get help with a DIY project from a different Time Bank member.
Each person decides what they can offer and everyone's time is equal. So one hour of your time is equal to one hour of someone else's time. It doesn't matter what you choose to exchange.
1 hour = 1 time credit
How does it work?
For every hour you 'deposit' in a Time Bank, you can ‘withdraw' the equivalent back in support when you need it.
Because Timebanks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an endless variety of settings, so the more people who contribute to a Time Bank, the more services will be on offer.
Time Bank members can offer voluntary activities such as:
helping people go to appointments
shopping or doing simple errands
decorating and simple DIY home repairs
companionship and visits
helping with computers
gardening and much more
Everyone has something to offer, whether they are qualified, in a trade or they just want to lend a hand. Maybe you're good at computers, handy with a drill or can run errands.
Everyone’s time is valued equally
If you already volunteer then you will make an ideal Time Bank member.
You can use your volunteer hours and bank them as credits to either get support from other people, or to put them in a Thurrock Community Pot to help vulnerable people such as the elderly who may not have the credits to get help or support from others.
Timebanking can be for individuals or organisations, and there’s also the opportunity for organisations and groups to become Mini-Time Banks and build their own Community Pots.
If you would like to know more about Timebanking click HERE to watch a Time Bank video.
To become a Thurrock Time Bank member, click on the ‘Become a member’ button above.
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Terri Bryant, Timebank Co-ordinator
Telephone: 01375 389893
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.
When you become a Time Bank member you can post requests and offers to share with each other. These are varied and can change from day to day.
Here are some of our requests and offers currently available:Requests:
Why not become a Time Bank member and get exchanging with other members?