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Timebanking UK

Timebanking UK news update

As ever there has been a lot going on and some exciting changes that we are keen to tell you about.

1. Governance,
We think it is really important that the Timebanking UK membership has a properly constituted voice and vote on how the organisation is run. To bring this about, we are being supported by Cooperative Futures and funded by the COOP movement to change our governance structure. The current Board members have decided to become an Interim Board while the new governance arrangements are made. Over the coming weeks we will be consulting with as many of you as possible as to what our new governance structure should be. Exciting times ahead!

2. Newsletter
We are revamping the newsletter. There will now be a regular national newsletter every 6 weeks. In it there will be case studies, features on new timebanks, news from TBUK and profiles on timebankers from across the network. We are keen to hear from you about the amazing stories and work you are doing across the country, so if you are keen to share success stories, top tips, and much more, then please get in touch.

3. Software
As many of you will have seen, Timebanking UK won some investment from NESTA’s Innovation in Giving Fund to revamp timebanking software. We are now pleased to say we have begun that process of moving towards a much more user-friendly, open-source version of timebanking software which will allow easy trades between timebanks and the ability for anyone to set up short-term timebanking groups and projects. We held our first meeting with the project group at the beginning of May, and over the course of the next few months the group will be meeting regularly to discuss ideas and shape the development process.

4. Website
Responding to feedback about the website, we have installed lots of new social networking and communications functions that should make it easier for timebanking members to interact with the site, share comments and stories. In particular we have launched tbuknetwork.org, which can be linked to from any page on the TBUK website. On tbuknetwork.org anyone can sign up, set up discussion topics or private groups, chat with friends and post blog articles. We have heard from many of you that it is difficult to access the Facebook group from your work computers, so hopefully we can begin to migrate towards this new site and see it develop to be a real hub of timebanking activity, controlled and directed by the members. Please have look at it, sign up and get posting. See what you think.

5. James is leaving!

After a year in post at TBUK, James is leaving to get ‘closer to the action’ and work directly in co-production and timebanking projects, at the Holy Cross Centre Trust in Camden. “I have had an extraordinary year at TBUK. I have learned so much, met so many great people, and been part of a process that has put the organisation on a surer footing for the future. It is an exciting time for timebanking – people are coming up with new applications of timebanking every day and I think it is that approach that will ultimately see it reach the sort of scale we have yet to see. Lots of mini timebanks and timebanking projects are the key I think. I’m leaving to work more directly with timebanking. I’ve done a lot of talking about timebanking over the past year, and now I want to put some of that talk into action. Many thanks to all the wonderful people I have met, and I look forward to continuing to be part of the timebanking family, as a member now.” James is keen to stay in touch with as many timebankers as possible, so feel free to contact him at James.mackie@hcct.org.uk

6. Edgar’s visit

Edgar and Chris Cahn recently came over, hosted by TBUK, for a week long trip around the UK. During their time they kicked off a brilliant city-wide timebanking project in Liverpool, visited Volunteer Now and our timebanking friends in Northern Ireland, and opened a conference in north Wales. As ever it was hard for us at TBUK to keep up with Edgar, who shows no signs of slowing down. Despite flying over night from Washington and having about two hours sleep in the process, he was wide awake on Monday morning hosting a masterclass on co-production and system change for health professionals from across the UK. Edgar will be back in September time and we are keen to get him to see as many of you as possible. We are thinking of holding some open forums with him and some social events. What do you reckon?

Best wishes from the Timebanking UK team

Visit the Timebanking UK website: http://www.timebanking.org/