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Community

A community is a group of people, usually in a same geographic location, who share values and cooperate for the greater good of that community.  Where there is a strong  sense of community, people are less socially isolated and have more opportunities to improve well-being. Successive governments have tried to invigorate communities as sites for positive social change.

Time Banks have been used as tools in community regeneration schemes across the UK.  Also, time banks themselves are a community  that people are part of and identify with.  By introducing neighbours to each other, encouraging partnership working in the community and developing social networks and social capital,  there is evidence that time banks can stitch the fabric of community together.

Helpful links:

How time banking is creating a new generation of volunteers

Spending Time Locally: The Benefits of Time Banks for Local Economies

Evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanks

Resilience or Resistance? Time banking in the age of austerity

Time and Punishment: a comparison of UK and US time bank use in criminal justice systems

Local People rebuilding their communities – an exploration of Welsh time banking

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