We are pleased to invite you to our Time to Connect Gatherings in January 2020 following the 3 year project with NDTi, supported by the Big Lottery. It would be great if you could make it!
Over the last 2 and a half years, Time to Connect has explored how to enable people with learning disabilities and older people living in care settings, to be part of their communities. Working with providers, this ground-breaking project has supported people to connect, make friendships and contribute to the communities and neighbourhoods around them, improving their quality of life.
Timebanking UK, in partnership with NDTi a number of time banks and support provider organisations have developed staff skills, created changes and ultimately, helped more people be active and connected. The timebanking concept has provided a structure of time exchange encouraging involvement and enabling people to give as well as receive support.
It’s time to change. . .
. . . It’s Time to Connect
Timebanking UK are please to announce a strategic partnership with Made Open to enable the global timebanking movement to grow..
Timebanking is a time-based currency which facilitates the exchange of skills and experience within a community. Sometimes perceived as the domain of small-scale community initiatives, both Timebanking UK and Made Open are witnessing a surge of interest from large-scale timebanking programmes spanning both place-based and purpose-based communities.
As Robert Woolf, Director of Made Open, explains, â€śWeâ€™ve already seen with our first two timebanking platforms – Torbay Together and Hexitime – how timebanking can be a relevant proposition to both community and professional networks. I think the reason is quite simple – at the heart of timebanking is people adding more and more value to a community or system simply by sharing their skills with one another without any money changing hands. Whatâ€™s not to like?â€ť
The aim of this partnership is to combine the technical capability of Made Openâ€™s community platform with the international reputation of Timebanking UK as leaders in their field. Timebanking UK provide advice, training and resources that enables timebanks to operate safely and fairly, following industry best practice and in a way that creates networks of mutual support.
Speaking about this partnership, Sarah Bird, CEO of Timebanking UK, says, â€śPartnering with Made Open brings a wealth of new tech options to existing and new time banks. We have always recognised that each time bank has a unique way of working and are increasingly diversifying in their operations and activities. Combining the expertise and professionalism of both our organisations will enable the timebanking movement to continue to grow across our nation and beyond.”
Having met on several occasions, both organisations quickly recognised that they had enormous potential as collaborators and so began a conversation about ways to build on each otherâ€™s strengths.
The aim of the partnership is to further support their combined client base and respond to immediate market needs. Made Open and Timebanking UK envisage that this partnership will grow the global timebanking movement.
- Sarah Bird, CEO, Timebanking UK email@example.com
- Robert Woolf, Director, Made Open firstname.lastname@example.org