Homeless & Vulnerably Housed
The Broadway Skills Exchange was the first time bank to be established within an organisation for homeless and vulnerably housed in the UK. An independent evaluation by research fellows at The Centre for Housing Policy based at York University ran for duration of the 4 year project, (2010-2014).
This evaluation looks at the concept, origins and development of Time Banking and explores how Time Banking could be used for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed with the aim of increasing their skills and supporting them into paid work Participants could undertake training, develop skills, gain work experience and have the opportunity to obtain references.
The Time Bank initiative was also expected to be of particular benefit
to people who had a business idea but who needed support to take the next steps and the Time Bank was linked to a Business Start-Up grant scheme.
Along with a number of external organisations Time Banking UK provided assistance to Broadway, not only during the implementation phase of the Broadway Time Bank but throughout the pilot, in the form of support and training.
‘An Evaluation of the Broadway Skills Exchange Time Bank’ – Broadwayâ€™s Skills Exchange Time Bank for homeless people was the first experiment in using Time Banking to enhance the well-being, employability and life chances of homeless people.