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Timebanking through the crisis

Posted by on Monday, May 18th, 2020 | Comments Off on Timebanking through the crisis

We’ve been catching up with our time banks all over the country to find out how they’ve been working in the community to respond to the COVID19 crisis. We’ve heard how many people are turning to them, from their own time bank members to bigger organisations such as local councils and larger charities – because our time banks know exactly who the most isolated are, and who is able to help them.

While we’ve found that the majority of timebanking activity has been put on hold, some of our time bank members have still been carrying out exchanges and banking hours, including gardening (with no physical contact), interior painting (while homeowner was quarantined elsewhere), dog-walking, writing, and hosting one-to-one yoga sessions.
Zoom has been a lifesaver for many of our time banks, with many of them taking their social activities online, including Games, Gardening and Knit and Natter groups. 

But our timebanking response hasn’t been without challenges.

One time bank member was stopped by the police while on his way to an exchange at an empty house. The time bank in question has issued a letter than can be produced in such situations. Our time banks have reported members feeling cut off and lonely without their usual exchanges, and for some, online events are not an options. Many of our time banks have been making phone calls and writing letters to get around this issue. Lack of public transport has also been a problem for time bank members and brokers without access to their own vehicles.

However, we can report an increase in the number of people enquiring about setting up or becoming part of a time bank. We feel we’re riding a wave of public spiritedness and community connectedness, and we’re anxious to capitalise on this to keep our communities strong going forward. We’re exploring possibilities with like-minded organisations, forming part of Eden Communities’ Community Action Response, and talking with the National Association of Link Workers and the National Academy for Social Prescribing to help signpost isolated and vulnerable people to timebanking.

Do get in touch if you’d like to partner with us on a project, either now or once we return to some semblance of normal: email us at info@timebanking.org.

COVID19: Communities Together

Posted by on Friday, March 20th, 2020 | Comments Off on COVID19: Communities Together

Timebanking UK and Made Open have launched a national IT platform called Communities Together to help communities respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The aim is to facilitate the exchange of offers and requests between people – helping people who are self-isolating to access support and stay connected. We know the best response is a local response, so we’re putting a call out for Street Coordinators who can connect others by finding out who can help or who needs help, post offers and requests for them, and verifying new users of the site. Activities will be logged to support our safeguarding processes. Members of the platform can also apply to become Digital Champions, helping people to use this platform and stay connected.

Join HERE