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Newsflash March 2014

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March 2014

Partnership with hOurworld, USA Time & Talents timebanking software (TnT) is available in the UK and Timebanking UK will now be offering it to all of our member time banks and taking on the sole responsibility for rolling it out across the country under a new and exciting agreement with hOurworld Cooperative (www.hOurworld.org), who created this state of the art software . TnT is a powerful tool for both brokers and members.  It is easy to use and members can post offers and requests, manage their own pages and leave feedback.  There is a reporting feature for easy data collection and most importantly, it will ease administrative duties for  brokers, allowing more time for relationship building and networking. Timebanking UK are mindful of safeguarding issues and have ensured that this software is flexible and can be customised so that Time Brokers can oversee exchanges if preferred. For more information about this partnership click here. Click here to view some screenshots of Time and Talents. If you would like to start using Time and Talents contact ian@timebanks.co.uk for more information and links on demo pages, what support TBUK can offer and how you can get started.  We will be using a phased-in approach and will give you an estimated time of activation depending upon the response received across the country. Big Local is working with Timebanking UK

Local Trust and Timebanking UK are exploring ways of supporting Big Local areas interested in the approach of Timebanking to connect to Timebanks locally.  If you know of a Big Local project near you, get in contact with us as we could help introduce timebanking to them and explore ways of working together.

Email sarahb@timebanks.co.uk if you have a Big Local in your area and would like to explore working together.

Town Teams¬†and Timebanking UK have teamed up!¬†The Association of Town & City Management (ATCM) and¬†Timebanking UK are teaming up to help bring communities together in¬†town centres across England and make great local places. As part of ATCM’s support for Town Teams, funded by the Department¬†for Communities and Local Government, Timebanking UK will help¬†develop up to five brand new timebank locations in England.¬†Timebanking is a fantastic way for local people to connect with¬†each other and support their community by swapping skills and¬†services in exchange for others.

Chris Hurst, ATCM Town Team Programme Manager, said “we are¬†delighted to be working with Timebanking UK to provide another new¬†way of supporting town centres in England. This is a great¬†opportunity for Town Teams to get expert help in developing their¬†own local timebank and using local skills and enthusiasm to help make their local area a great place to live, work and relax.”

Sarah Bird, CEO of Timebanking UK is thrilled to be working with Town Teams across England and hopes that by sharing best practice and the timebanking concept, each area will be able to mobilise, reward and inspire local people to get involved. Publicising your newsletters on our website Please send us copies of your newsletter for all to see and read to promote the diversity of time banks across the country.  Email them to ian@timebanks.co.uk and we will upload them directly onto our website! Introduction to Timebanking: Monday 14th April 2-5pm, London. Click here to view details. To book email nicki@timebanks.co.uk

Newsflash January 2014

Posted by on Monday, January 27th, 2014 | No Comments on Newsflash January 2014

Timebanking UK would like to announce the following time banks that have been awarded our Quality Mark in recognition of best practice for:

  • Implementation and operational use of our recommended safeguarding procedures
  • Actively using all 3 models of timebanking
  • Having taken part in training and development activities for members and brokers
  • Good governance practices
  • Using coproduction to meaningfully involve members in the running and¬†development of the time bank
  • Having a long term sustainability plan
  • Good monitoring and evaluation practices
  • Having a comprehensive set of policies and procedures

Congratulations to..

Opportunity Knocks Time Bank, Plymouth 

Working to involve and support carers and those with disabilities

St Neots Time Bank, Cambridgeshire 

A community time bank aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of local people

Our Time, Liverpool

A time bank and registered charity working with adults who have mental health issues.

TBUK CEO, Sarah Bird and Trustees said:

‚ÄúThese are excellent examples of time banks with healthy active memberships of¬†individuals and organisations, involving members in the running of the time bank and¬†using all 3 models of timebanking.‚ÄĚ

Quality Mark application forms are now available to download from the members area of the website.

  • Introduction to Timebanking (3 hr session) Charge is ¬£50 per place or ¬£25 for volunteer led¬†and small community groups (refreshments included). Free places may be available at the¬†discretion of TBUK.
  • 2 Day Broker training will remain FREE with TBUK membership but there will now be ¬£100¬†per place refundable deposit (cheques to be posted to TBUK and returned on the day, or¬†kept for no-shows and those who cancel their place with less than 4 working days notice).
  • DBS checks will now be capped at 7 per year for time banks paying ¬£120 membership, 10¬†DBS checks for those paying ¬£240 per annum. Local Area memberships will be negotiable.¬†Further checks may be requested but will be subject to an administration fee as of 1st February, 2014. (Plus the standard DBS of ¬£26 or enhanced ¬£44 for paid workers).
  • TBUK Working Declaration must be completed and signed at the time of joining TBUK, or¬†returned within 1 month in order to benefit from use of software, DBS checking and free¬†training places. This way we can check to ensure the organisation/time bank is operating as¬†a time bank in accordance to our guidelines and those of UK insurance companies.
  • Quality Mark is optional and can be obtained at any time during a time bank‚Äôs membership
This session is essentially about the key messages on timebanking and what things you need to consider before starting up your own time bank within your community or organisation. There will be an opportunity to view our timebanking specific software too.Session Content:This session will include tea/coffee, handouts and essential timebanking information on:

  • What is timebanking?
  • How does it work?
  • Who can benefit and how?
  • What do you need to consider when thinking about setting up a time bank or incorporating timebanking within an organisation?
  • How does organisational timebanking work?
  • An overview of the NEW timebanking software.
There will be plenty of time for questions throughout. Places are limited,When:Monday 27th January 2014. From 2.00pm to 5.00pm.Where:

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO),

Regents Wharf, 8 All Saints Street,

London, N1 9RL

(5-10 min walk from Kings Cross rail and tube stations)

Cost:

£50 per place (£25 for voluntary and community groups).

To book, please email nicki@timebanks.co.uk for an invoice and bank payment details.

Alternatively send a cheque made payable to ‚ÄėTime Banks UK‚Äô to Timebanking UK, The Exchange, Brick Row, Stroud, Glos, GL5 1DF.

Places will not be secured until payment has been made.