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Newsflash January 2014

Posted by on Monday, January 27th, 2014 | No Comments on 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.

Newsflash November 2013

Posted by on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 | No Comments on Newsflash November 2013

NEW Benefits to Timebanking UK Membership

We all know the importance of being part of a national timebanking movement like Timebanking UK. With the current standard membership, each time bank can

  • Use our timebanking software,
  • Have opportunities to network via events and social media,
  • Share best practice via our website,
  • Download essential documents from our membership section,
  • Attend regional training
  • Swap time with other time banks.

Now, we can add the following:

Sign up to the Timebanking Quality Mark

  • Show you are working to the national timebanking standards and safety procedures as set out by Timebanking UK
  • Its free of charge with your membership and all you have to do is agree to our working policy around safeguarding.

Request a form by emailing

Have a buddy/mentor

  • Need some help getting started?
  • Does your time bank need a boost?
  • Help writing policies or long term sustainability plan?

Request more information by emailing

Be a paid buddy/mentor

Would you like to help a time bank near you? We can now offer you paid opportunities to help other time banks for a day/half-day.

Click here to register your interest with some detail about what you feel most comfortable helping with or your area of expertise…….

Are you a large organisation or local authority? Don’t miss out!

With our on-site support, advice and resources, we can help you implement timebanking across your city or county involving your residents or service-users. Get things kick-started by taking out our LOCAL AREA MEMBERSHIP package. Email more information or to sign-up. Here is what you get for £3k over 12 months:

  • Licence to operate the Time-On-Line software including the National Exchange where you can swap time credits between time banks
  • Three days a year on-site advice and support in designing, implementing and improving systems and procedures for introducing timebanking into mainstream practice.

These days can be split or taken as half days.

  • Monitoring and evaluation toolkit assessing the impact of your time banking scheme
  • Guardianship of a ‚Äėkite mark‚Äô (approved provider status), for each timebanking initiative
  • Training places to equip frontline workers with the theory and practical skills needed for successful timebanking. You can choose from a range of topics such as:

– Safeguarding, DBS and risk – Time Bank Broker training – Organisational timebanking – Using the timebanking software – Start-up paperwork, policies and procedures – Interactive workshops

  • Options to work with you to create your strategy, development plan and toolkit for future use and expansion of timebanking into other areas of your organisational activities
  • Membership for up to 10 time banks in the specified area to include DBS checking,
  • Regular TBUK newsletters and invitations to national and regional events

NEW on-site training days and workshops (where WE come to YOU)


  • Getting started (2 hours)
  • Time Online (half day)
  • Working with specific groups of people (older, disabled, learning disabilities, mental health, young people, homeless etc) (2 hr workshops)
  • Working with voluntary, statutory or private sector organisations (particularly CVS‚Äôs)
  • Day to day operational issues and workshops on difficult scenarios.


  • Internal procedures, training plans, development plans, project management, policies, and statistics.

NEW TOPICS (3 hour workshops)

  • Working with prisons
  • Co-production ‚Äď what is it and how to involve your time bank members
  • Skills mapping (individuals and organisations)
  • The boundaries clock ‚Äď managing the relationship between the Broker and the members; ensuring the safety of the Broker.
  • Developing and networking satellite time banks


  • Bring and Fix ¬© ‚Äď a new way of engaging local people in timebanking
  • Monitoring and measuring the impact of your time bank
  • Creating a website for your time bank

COSTINGS: Charges will apply when delivering these training sessions on site UNLESS this is part of a Local Area Membership.