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Update: online workshops

The TBUK team have been regularly presenting our What is Timebanking? online session… and there are more in the pipeline.

Our introductory Zoom presentation is open to anyone who’d like to find out more about timebanking: our community-building, resource-sharing, confidence-boosting, co-produced mechanism for sharing time and skills. 

Here’s some of the feedback we’ve received about the sessions:

“…it was really informative…”

“Thank you for going deeper on my questions… [the session] really helped to better understand the spirit and how your time banks work…”

“…thank you all for a superb presentation yesterday. It was so clear and packed with information: a huge help as we embark on building our time bank…”

We’ll go through topics such as how it works; why it’s not the same as volunteering; how it can benefit your organisation; and how to start a time bank.

Our next session takes place on Thursday 3 September at 11am. Please click to register, after which you’ll receive a confirmation email. 

See you there!

 

TBUK join the Aviva Community Fund!

Timebanking UK has come up with a fresh way of building self-esteem in young offenders with the aim of cutting re-offending rates and combating loneliness.

Timebanking UK (TBUK) is working with Young Offenders’ Institutions (YOI) to enable residents to earn time credits for work they do during their sentence – and they’re seeking funding through Aviva’s crowdfunding platform, the Aviva Community Fund.

Young offenders earn time credits by supporting each other following training from the Samaritans, or by setting up recreational clubs, attending vocational and educational courses, or teaching.

TBUK distributes the credits they earn to time banks around the country, who give them to isolated or vulnerable people who need help with tasks such as shopping or housework.

As the time banks report back on how their credits have been used, young offenders are able to see the impact their work has had. Their efforts improve the lives of others – and this may be the first time these young men can see their actions having a positive impact of this kind. Lack or empathy is statistically proven to be a major indicator in re-offending, and timebanking creates empathy and connectedness in a unique and highly effective way.

Claire Coxwell of Woolmer Forest Timebank in Hampshire says she’s delighted to have the opportunity to distribute the hours. She explains, “A lady approached us about getting some IT help. She’s a full-time carer for her disabled husband and also looks after grandchildren.” 

Claire says the time bank member has had some IT support and is now looking forward to giving time back to her time bank… but the credits donated by young offenders means she can enjoy additional support.

Young offenders can also save time credits for their release. By joining a time bank, they can use their credits to get help with writing their CV, for example, or to get advice on budgeting or jobseeking, or they can use them for mentoring and support. 

TBUK’s funding drive will enable them to roll out the scheme across the UK, enabling more young offenders to start making connections with the wider community that will increase their chances of staying on the straight and narrow upon their release.

To support Timebanking UK with our fundraising drive, visit https://www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/the-gift-of-time