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November Newsflash

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | No Comments

NEW Benefits to Timebanking UK Membership

We all know the importance of being part of a national timebanking movement like Timebanking UK. With the current standard membership, each time bank can

  • Use our timebanking software,
  • Have opportunities to network via events and social media,
  • Share best practice via our website,
  • Download essential documents from our membership section,
  • Attend regional training
  • Swap time with other time banks.

Now, we can add the following:

Sign up to the Timebanking Quality Mark

  • Show you are working to the national timebanking standards and safety procedures as set out by Timebanking UK
  • Its free of charge with your membership and all you have to do is agree to our working policy around safeguarding.

Request a form by emailing info@timebanks.co.uk.

Have a buddy/mentor

  • Need some help getting started?
  • Does your time bank need a boost?
  • Help writing policies or long term sustainability plan?

Request more information by emailing info@timebanks.co.uk.

Be a paid buddy/mentor

Would you like to help a time bank near you? We can now offer you paid opportunities to help other time banks for a day/half-day.

Click here to register your interest with some detail about what you feel most comfortable helping with or your area of expertise…….

Are you a large organisation or local authority? Don’t miss out!

With our on-site support, advice and resources, we can help you implement timebanking across your city or county involving your residents or service-users. Get things kick-started by taking out our LOCAL AREA MEMBERSHIP package. Email sarahb@timebanks.co.ukfor more information or to sign-up. Here is what you get for £3k over 12 months:

  • Licence to operate the Time-On-Line software including the National Exchange where you can swap time credits between time banks
  • Three days a year on-site advice and support in designing, implementing and improving systems and procedures for introducing timebanking into mainstream practice.

These days can be split or taken as half days.

  • Monitoring and evaluation toolkit assessing the impact of your time banking scheme
  • Guardianship of a ‘kite mark’ (approved provider status), for each timebanking initiative
  • Training places to equip frontline workers with the theory and practical skills needed for successful timebanking. You can choose from a range of topics such as:

- Safeguarding, DBS and risk – Time Bank Broker training – Organisational timebanking – Using the timebanking software – Start-up paperwork, policies and procedures – Interactive workshops

  • Options to work with you to create your strategy, development plan and toolkit for future use and expansion of timebanking into other areas of your organisational activities
  • Membership for up to 10 time banks in the specified area to include DBS checking,
  • Regular TBUK newsletters and invitations to national and regional events

NEW on-site training days and workshops (where WE come to YOU)

GENERAL TIMEBANKING

  • Getting started (2 hours)
  • Time Online (half day)
  • Working with specific groups of people (older, disabled, learning disabilities, mental health, young people, homeless etc) (2 hr workshops)
  • Working with voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations (particularly CVS’s)
  • Day to day operational issues and workshops on difficult scenarios.

HALF DAY OF DISCUSSION AND SUPPORT ON:

  • Internal procedures, training plans, development plans, project management, policies, and statistics.

NEW TOPICS (3 hour workshops)

  • Working with prisons
  • Co-production – what is it and how to involve your time bank members
  • Skills mapping (individuals and organisations)
  • The boundaries clock – managing the relationship between the Broker and the members; ensuring the safety of the Broker.
  • Developing and networking satellite time banks

ALL DAY WORKSHOP

  • Bring and Fix © – a new way of engaging local people in timebanking
  • Monitoring and measuring the impact of your time bank
  • Creating a website for your time bank

COSTINGS: Charges will apply when delivering these training sessions on site UNLESS this is part of a Local Area Membership.

Big Changes at TBUK – Newsflash

Posted by on Monday, August 19th, 2013 | No Comments

STRENGTHENING THE BOARD

Timebanking UK are very pleased to announce the appointment of three new Board members.

All three people are widely recognised and highly respected as pioneers of Timebanking and they will provide us with a vast amount of valuable experience and wide range of priceless expertise.

Lawrence Hughes was Chief Executive of Fair Shares, (the very first time bank in the UK), from 2006 to 2012. During his tenure the Fair Shares ‘hub’ grew into 9 time banks with over 1,700 participants and 250 organisational members. Prior to this he worked for many years in financial management, in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has previously served as a Trustee on several Boards. In 2012 he took early retirement to care for his wife.

Alison Paule is the Development Manager at Paxton Green Time Bank. Alison helped two Doctors to set up the time bank in association with their Health Centre and it now has an international reputation for advancing the ‘social prescribing’ of positive mental health and community wellbeing. She is now responsible for leadership, strategic development, fundraising and the management of financial and human resources. Since 2003, she has worked at the West Euston Time Bank, the Whittington Time Exchange and at St Lukes Time Bank.

Tam Cassidy is a community development specialist and was Timebanking UK’s Director for Scotland from 2005 to 2008. He set up 24 new time banks and Tam later worked as the Time Banking Scotland Manager and the Volunteers Options Programme Manager for Volunteer Development Scotland. Since then he has worked on social inclusion, social enterprise and the environmental sustainability, fully utilising his many project development skills and his proven expertise in creating cross sector partnerships.

These new appointments reflect our resolve to once again be the authentic national voice of Timebanking.

A PUBLIC APOLOGY

We are also delighted to welcome back Martin Simon as our Founding Adviser. This is an honorary post and he will support our new acting CEO, Sarah Bird, advise us on strategy and help us make sure that all our future activities are in tune with the values of Timebanking.


Martin was the founder of Timebanking in the UK and is an inspiring, compassionate and skilled leader who has always acted with integrity and complete honesty.
All at Timebanking UK wish to express their thanks to Martin for his patience and determination in standing up recently for the staff and for the interests of time banks and their members. In doing this, he received some extremely distressing and spurious accusations from ex members of the Board and we offer him our unreserved apologies.

Footnote: Sam Hopley is no longer connected to Timebanking UK in any way.

TRUST AND CO-OPERATION 

We are also going ahead with plans to adopt a new legal framework and become a co-operative.In future the organisation will be run by time banks for time banks and function as a trusting, interdependent community.

We know that it is by listening to the members of time banks and by connecting and utilising all of our many and varied strengths that we will fulfill our potential and become an even more powerful social movement.

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