Salford Time Bank launch encourages people to make time for each other
Hazel Blears MP officially launches Salford Time Bank. Front row: (left to right) Resident Sandra Evans and Hazel Bears MP.
Back row: (left to right) Peter Jordon of Newground Together, resident Harry Melody, Chris Dabbs of Unlimited Potential and George Paterson of Together Housing Group.
PEOPLE in Salford are being encouraged to share skills and make time for each other following the launch of an innovative new scheme part funded by the team behind the £650 million regeneration of Pendleton.
The Salford Time Bank involves local people and community groups coming together to lend each other a helping hand. No money changes hands: the only cost is people’s time.
Time Banking strengthens communities by drawing people together and by developing mutual friendships and support.
The Time Bank enables its members to exchange their variety of skills and abilities that can be put to good use in Pendleton. The members can “clock in” to help out a neighbour, improve community spaces, or even develop a new local enterprise.
Co-ordinated by Unlimited Potential, a Salford-based social enterprise, the Salford Time Bank is funded by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Newground Together – a member of the Together Housing Group.
The Time Bank was launched by Hazel Blears, the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles, recently, who joined local Time Bankers and partners in the scheme.
Ms Blears said: “Many people do not appreciate how much difference an hour of their time could make in their local community.
“Time Banking is a fantastic way of enabling residents to share their different talents and skills – and sometimes a friendly ear is all it takes to brighten a neighbour’s day.
“So many things revolve around money these days, but this system of mutual help and support costs nothing. I hope people in Pendleton and Langworthy will get involved.”
George Paterson of Together Housing Group, said: “The ethos of the Time Bank sits comfortably within our ambition to have everyone working collaboratively to help enhance Pendleton’s thriving community.
“The Time Bank adds value to the huge investment programme that is under way and I am pleased to see that local people and organisations are beginning to embrace the ethos of the Time Bank and are exchanging their time.”
Already 14 local residents and various local organisations, including the Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Newground, Salford City Council, Langworthy Cornerstone, Lark Hill School, local carers’ groups, Unique Improvements and the University of Salford, have pledged their involvement.
Chris Dabbs of Unlimited Potential said: “The idea is simple. Time is valuable and this means it can be put to good use. Everyone involved brings different skills and experiences which can be easily put to good use in Pendleton.
“The support already from local people and organisations is encouraging and we have only just launched. A key aim of the Time Bank is to bring the local community together to make a difference and to build friendships and support.”
Pendleton residents Sandra Evans and Harry Melody are just two local people who have signed up to the Salford Time Bank.
Life-long Pendleton resident Sandra, who lives in Thorn Court, said: “I started time banking three months ago. I got involved because I wanted to help people in need. I’ve been doing everything from washing and ironing to shopping. People really appreciate it.”
Harry added: “I’ve joined because I want to help bring the community together. I’m going to be doing small DIY for people.”
Membership of the Time Bank is open to everyone who lives in Pendleton and the wider Langworthy ward. For more information contact Chris Dabbs at Unlimited Potential on 0161 743 4502.
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- Pendleton Together is a £650 million government-backed regeneration scheme, which will see more than 1,600 new energy efficient homes built and more than 1,250 existing council-owned properties improved. There will also be huge changes across the community including new parks, open spaces and a community farm.
- The Pendleton Together consortium delivering the regeneration project includes social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together is working in partnership with Salford City Council.
- The regeneration of the area will result in the creation of 500 jobs, more than 2,000 work experience placements and job training for more than 3,200 people.
- Pendleton is a densely populated area of Salford just a mile from Salford Quays and has a number of social issues. More than 40 per cent of residents have no formal qualifications and just 41 per cent of working age residents are in employment. It is in the bottom one per cent of the UK for health deprivation.
- The masterplan for Pendleton has been 10 years in the making, and local people have been closely involved in its creation. Launched in 2013, the building and refurbishment work will be delivered in several phases and will be due for completion in 2024. The first of the new homes expected to be ready in 2014. All of the refurbishment work to 1,250 homes is expected to be completed by early 2017.
Press release – December 2014