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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)


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

To book, please email 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.