Timebanking UK and Made Open have launched a national IT platform called Communities Together to help all UK communities respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. The aim of this platform is to facilitate the exchange of offers and requests between people in communities – helping people who are self-isolating to access support and stay connected during this time of crisis. We know that the best response is a local response and as such we are putting a call-out for “street coordinators” who can perform duties to connect others by finding out who can help or who needs help. The aim of this role is to post offers / requests on behalf of other people and check that users of the platform are who they say they are. Activities will be logged which will help support our safeguarding processes. Members of the platform can also apply to become “digital champions” – helping people to use this platform and stay connected.
We are pleased to invite you to our Time to Connect Gatherings in January 2020 following the 3 year project with NDTi, supported by the Big Lottery. It would be great if you could make it!
Over the last 2 and a half years, Time to Connect has explored how to enable people with learning disabilities and older people living in care settings, to be part of their communities. Working with providers, this ground-breaking project has supported people to connect, make friendships and contribute to the communities and neighbourhoods around them, improving their quality of life.
Timebanking UK, in partnership with NDTi a number of time banks and support provider organisations have developed staff skills, created changes and ultimately, helped more people be active and connected. The timebanking concept has provided a structure of time exchange encouraging involvement and enabling people to give as well as receive support.
It’s time to change. . .
. . . It’s Time to Connect