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Give and Take – November 2014

In Give and Take, David Boyle and Sarah Bird share the positive findings of a two-year research project to test out time banks in the NHS. With clarity and insight, they show how some of the UK’s 289 time banks and 35,000 members are using their time and their skills for the health and social benefit of each other.

With a bold vision to see a time bank attached to every UK GP’s surgery, the authors make a persuasive and powerful case that it is patients themselves who have the power to transform our stressed and financially squeezed NHS – and patients themselves who will provide the answer to some of healthcare’s most pressing problems.


Your Money or Your Life – October 2010

 Martin Simon, the former Chief Executive of Timebanking UK, examines the many ways that people are rebuilding communities in Your Money or Your Life: Time for Both. The book includes a collection of real life stories to show you how to find the time to become a valued member of a thriving local social network, full of new contacts, opportunities and possibilities.


Publications and press releases to download

Toolkit 1: Timebanking for Health, helping those who are isolated or with little or no support network.

A step by step guide for using your time bank to help those who are isolated or who have little or no support networks in the community.

Timebanking for health - Toolkit 1

If you would like to receive a copy of this toolkit and training on how to use it please contact us at and we will respond to you with details.

Toolkit 2: Timebanking for Health, Partnering with your local hospital .

a step by step guide for using your time bank as a tool in partnership with your local hospital.

Timebanking for health - Toolkit 2

If you would like to receive a copy of this toolkit and training on how to use it please contact us at and we will respond to you with details.

Building Stronger Communities in Hampshire

In October 2016, Hampshire County Council (HCC) awarded a grant to Timebanking UK (TBUK) with the aim of planning and implementing a network of time banks throughout Hampshire.
Initially this funding was given as to a lead organisation who were running a wider community engagement project. TBUK was a partner, and the development of time banks was one of a number of streams within this project. At the end of the first year, the timebanking element was making demonstrable progress and so the grant was extended for a further year, and then for a further 5 months, ending on 31st March 2019.

This Publication is the result of that partnership.



NHS Guide: Recruiting and Managing Volunteers in NHS Providers – a practical guide

This guide offers practical support and information for NHS providers to enable them to support the strategic ambition to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS.

Timebanking UK’s case study explains how time banks manage risk – page 35.

Evaluating person to person timebanking by calculating the social return on investment

We have just released this report  which explains why it pays to invest in person to person timebanking. It calculates the Social Return of Investment (SROI) for the individuals as members of the time bank.

The study was carried out at Barnet – One of our time bank networks and is now available for download (click the image below).

Barnet SROI Cover


Timebanking UK prospectus for 2017

This report presents Timebanking to policy makers, managers, practitioners and commissioners in local authorities, CCGs, housing organisations and other public and voluntary sector agencies. It shows how timebanking is helping to transform healthcare, how it can help organisations meet government agendas and priorities in a cost effective and sustainable way. It presents the business case for investing in Timebanking.

Download (PDF, 5.03MB)

Patient and public participation in commissioning health and care: Statutory guidance for clinical commissioning groups and NHS England

This guidance is for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England. It supports staff to involve patients and the public in their work in a meaningful way to improve services, including giving clear advice on the legal duty to involve. The guidance links to an extensive range of resources, good practice and advice that will support staff to involve patients and the public. It highlights key participation principles, alongside themes such as working in partnership with others, including with ‘seldom heard’ groups to maximise the benefits and impact of involvement.

See a copy of the guidance:

Download (PDF, 3.15MB)

First-ever plan for public health in Greater Manchester launched

In what’s being billed as another devolution first, a historic memorandum of
understanding (MoU) has been signed between Greater Manchester Health and
Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector, comprising of nearly 15, 000 organisations.

Greater Manchester becomes the only area of the country to formally
recognise in an official agreement, the contribution and importance of the VCSE sector in designing and delivering health and social care services.

See a copy of the health plan:

Download (PDF, 2.98MB)

‘Better Mental Health For All’ – 2016

Published by the Faculty of Public Health and the Mental Health Foundation. This report focuses on what can be done individually and collectively to enhance the mental health of individuals, families and communities by using a public health approach. The report says: ‘Promote the use of volunteering, such as timebanks, as a way of linking local people who share their time and skills, and enabling them to live well, improve their health and wellbeing, and link them to their community. Timebanking can help lower the number of GP visits by removing the kind of visits that do not require medical attention.’

See the full report here.

‘Combating Loneliness: a guide for local authorities’ – January 2016

Published by AgLoneliness Picturee UK, Campaign to End Loneliness and Local Government Association. There is growing recognition that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities, which merits the attention of local authorities. This guide sets out a range of actions for effectively combating loneliness building on the latest evidence. The guide focuses on older people but we anticipate that the recommendations will be beneficial to other age groups.

See the full report here.


‘Community TimeBank, Co-Producing South Manchester: A Social Value Perspective – 2015-16’

This report presents tCommunity TimeBank - Co-producing picturehe findings of evaluative research conducted for
Southway Housing Trust’s Community TimeBank for the year 2015/16. Using the HACT Social Value Insight tool this report demonstrates the achievement of a Total Social Value of the Community TimeBank of £331,338 for the given financial year. Research used to validate this finding includes two focus groups involving 20 members, case studies and a qualitative and quantitative survey given to all active members with a return rate of 17.5%.

See the full report here.


‘Co-production involving and led by older people’

Published by NDTi coproduction and older people pictureand Wisdom in Practice. This paper has been written to pull together the evidence, outcomes and key characteristics of effective coproduction involving older people. It looks at the challenges and opportunities for ensuring that local services use all of the assets – resources, skills, experiences and talents – of their local communities. It distils information, ideas and practical examples from published and unpublished literature about coproduction; the experiences of people actively engaged in coproduction and community development initiatives; and discussions from a workshop held in Edinburgh

See the full report here.


‘Realising the Value of People and Communities’ – February 2016

Realising ValuePublished by Realising the Value. This report explores the value of people and communities at the heart of health, in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. It was written by Suzanne Wood, The Health Foundation and Annie Finnis, Halima Khan and Johanna Ejbye, Nesta. It reflects the thinking and input from the wider Realising the Value consortium.

See the full report here.


‘Creative Temporal Costings’ – 2015

creative imageA ProtoPublics research project with Leeds Creative Timebank.
Creative Temporal Costings (CTC) was an experimental social design intervention that explored the practices of collaborative exchange.

See the report HERE

See the publication HERE.


‘Monitoring and Evaluation on a Shoestring’

PublisheMonitoring and Evaluation on a Shoestring pictured by Charities Evaluation Service. While there is good evidence that much of the third sector is engaged in monitoring and evaluating its work, many organisations are better at describing what they do rather than the difference they make to people’s lives. Now, more than ever, third sector organisations need to be able to provide robust evidence about their effectiveness. This booklet offers a simple but systematic approach to monitoring and evaluating. It can be used by trustees, staff and volunteers of third sector organisations. It will be particularly useful for those who have responsibility for self-evaluation and for using the information both internally and for reporting to funders and  investors.

See the full report here.


‘A guide to community centred approaches for health and wellbeing’ –
February 2015

Published by Public Health and NHS England. There is extensive evidence that connected and empowered Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 22.34.59communities are healthy communities. Communities that are involved
in decision-making about their area and the services within it, that are well networked and supportive and where neighbours look out for each other, all have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Three million volunteers already make a critical contribution to the provision of health and social care in England. This is a huge asset to our nation’s health.

See the full report here.


People Can – November 2011

People Can represents the first stage in new thinking from Timebanking UK about what timebanking is actually for. The document examines the relationship between timebanking and co-production, and introduces the thinking beyond timebanking as a tool for building a new social marketplace.


About Time – November 2011

Claire Goff interviews ‘Father Time’ Edgar Cahn, about the life he has dedicated to timebanking, his thoughts on the UK timebanking landscape, and the challenges that lie ahead for a movement that is rapidly gaining momentum. Click here to download.


A bridge to tomorrow – 2006

In 2005,Time Banks UK joined forces with Help the Aged to promote time banking across the United Kingdom. The Department of Health funded this new partnership through the ‘Change Up’ Programme to support the development of time banking, the production of this handbook. Authors: David Schermer, Martin Simon. To download click here.


Other books/publications about timebanking
(not available from TBUK)

No More Throw Away People  – July 2000

 Purchase the seminal work by Edgar ‘Father Time’ Cahn, the founder of time dollars and leading thinker on co-production. In No More Throw-Away People, Cahn introduces the characteristics of time as a medium of exchange, explores co-production both as a framework for thinking about the economy and a set of values, and examines real-life examples of co-production in action.



‘A Guide to Establishing a Time Bank within a Prison: Recommendations and Research Evidence on Prison-linked Time Banks’ has been approved as ethical and informative by Scottish Prison Service research ethics committee and recommended as useful by the head of the committee Jim Carnie. The guide should be useful to anyone working in relation to time banks, volunteering opportunities and especially those, who are planning to establish a time bank within a prison. This document includes different sources of information and back up its arguments with academic evidence.

Agne Tamaliunaite, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise intern was conducting a small-scale research on Time Banking in prisons, focusing on the establishment of a time bank in HM & YOI Cornton Vale. Even though a time bank was not established there, she gathered some useful information about volunteering and time banking in prisons in general and produced this research document.



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