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Our first corporate mini-timebank!

QBE is a large international insurance company, with headquarters in Australia.  Following some work with Peter Brooks, the Charity Engagement Manager with Chelmsford CVS, a group of employees from the Chelmsford office joined up for the QBE mini-timebank as part of their Employee Volunteering scheme.  Nine employees recently gave a total of 63 hours to a local women’s refuge where they painted some of the communal rooms, which has really brightened up this living space for the residents. 


To find out how your organisation could engage with Chelmsford Time Bank please get in touch!


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Welcome to Chelmsford Time Bank!

Timebanking is volunteering with a twist! It’s a project which supports and encourages people to help each other and a great way to be part of your community by offering some of your spare time and skills to others.  You can also ask for some help yourself -  perhaps you need help with your garden.  In turn, you may be able to offer someone else some help, perhaps becoming a telephone buddy to a housebound person.  Let’s help build a community where everyone is respected and regarded as an asset!
Timebanking is for people from all ages and backgrounds and everyone’s time is valued equally.  One hour of your time is equal to one hour of someone else’s time so whatever service or skill you choose to exchange 1 hour = 1 time credit.  If you don't need any help yourself you can donate the time credits you have earned to a Community Pot as another way to ensure that elderly or vulnerable people in our community get the help they need.

Timebanking can be for individuals or organisations, and there is also the opportunity for organisations and groups to become mini-timebanks and build up their own community pots.
Time Bank members can share their skills and give their time to help in a wide variety of ways such as:

  • Help with computers

  • Teaching music

  • Gardening

  • Baking

  • Painting

  • Knitting   ……..  and more!

Why not join us and find out just how rewarding Timebanking can be!  (Some activities may require a DBS check)

The Chelmsford Time Bank Team
Telephone: 01245 250731
Email: timebank@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk


Part of the Essex Time Bank Partnership (led by Community360) funded by Big Lottery and Essex County Council.  Chelmsford Time Bank is a project of Chelmsford Centre Supporting Voluntary Action (CVS). 



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Who are Timebanking UK?

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:

  • Building community
  • Caring for the marginalized
  • Bringing up healthy children
  • Fighting injustice

To do this we have three clear roles: HELPING, THINKING & DOING.

1) Helping -

Supporting timebanking projects and our membership through advice, consultancy, training and technical support

2) Thinking -

Researching and evaluating timebanks projects, helping to shape the policy debate around coproduction and sytem change

3) Doing -

Prototyping and piloting new models of timebanking and co-productions, such as the ‘Shares’ social marketplace.

Who do we work with?

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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hOurworld Mobile Time Banking We believe in Open Innovation! We implement the best ideas of our members and coordinators. This broad based co-production model of networking and development affords us all the best tools for sustaining our local communities!

We believe in removing ALL the barriers to time banking that we can. Access to the hOurworld platform is FREE. It is easy for new members to join and learn, and easy for coordinators to manage and report on their members and activity.

We believe in supporting local diversity while maintaining a central cooperative organization to provide accessible support, training, and communications. We are documenting and teaching these models.

We believe that every member have control over their own privacy and content. We operate on private secure servers and HIPPA compliant data centers where all information is encrypted before going out on the internet.

We believe that time banking is one spoke in a wheel of Movements Moving Together. We foster local community organizations drawing together to create powerful local economies as they integrate CSA, Food Co-op, Buy Local, Transition Town, BALLE, CAP and others. The opportunities are endless!

All the Best from hOurworld

Do you like gardening?

We are looking to set up a Gardening mini-timebank.  This would consist of several people, all keen, experienced gardeners, who would like to be part of a pool who we could call on should we hear from someone who needs help with their garden.  You would not need to be able to give time on a regular basis – it could be an occasional one-off garden clearance, a weeding/pruning session or planting summer bedding for example. 

 The time that you spend will be credited to your account so that you could ask for help of a different kind if and when you may need it.  Or you can donate the credits to the Community Pot, so that others can benefit from help.  

Want to find out more?  Give us a call or email timebank@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk