Timebanking is an exciting way for local people to come together and help each other by exchanging knowledge, help and skills. In a Timebank everyone’s time is equal. Regardless of the skills or expertise being exchanged, one hour equals one hour. The Timebank is fully inclusive, encouraging everyone to get involved! The Coordinator matches people’s skills, arranges time exchanges and keep a record of all the members’ “banked” hours. For every hour a participant deposits in the Time Bank, perhaps by giving help and practical support for others, they are able to withdraw equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need.
By taking part in the Time bank members have the opportunity to learn something new, get practical help, meet new people and become more active.
A Time Bank is a positive way of developing communities: driving social change – they bring people together by providing a foundation for everyone to be equally involved in community activity. By encouraging new friendships and connections, Timebanks strengthen community bonds whilst reducing the pressure on overstretched services.
Everyone has something to offer and below is our offers and requests questionnaire to give examples of what skills can be exchanged: