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Timebanking UK Newsletter Oct 2012

As Timebanking UK’s membership has grown to over 300 timebanks it is wonderful that we can use this newsletter as an opportunity to feature as much of the incredible work that you are all doing as we possibly can. As you will see from the inspiring stories inside, timebanking comes in many different guises. In fact, I have never seen a timebanking initiative working in exactly the same way as any another. They each reflect the differences within our neighbourhoods and explode with enthusiasm and energy, party poppers aimed at connecting people in fantastic ways to build connections bit by bit with no one left behind.

Inside you will find a wide set of timebanking stories and examples which give a clue as to just how much timebanking is growing and expanding throughout the UK and just how effective it can be in a variety of different ways and settings.

We know that this newsletter will work for you if it is shaped by you. We want to hear your ideas and how you think it can grow going forward. We will be using it as an opportunity to talk with you about our work as a membership organisation but we so want it to be about yours.

Lastly, I’d like to thank Kate who has worked so hard to get this edition up and running. Well done! It’s a really great read!

Sam Hopley
CEO

Putting the spotlight on time banks in different settings

In the first of a new series of articles we are putting a focus on timebanking delivered in different settings. This issue we look at time banks supported by local authorities.

We talk to four forward thinking local councils who are supporting the development of time banks and find out why they see timebanking as the answer to many of the challenges they are facing.

Plymouth City Council sees time banking as a mechanism which can contribute to achieving the council’s vision within its Corporate Plan to reduce inequalities, deliver growth, raise aspirations and provide value for communities. Jane Cox, Commissioning Officer within the Joint Commissioning and Adult Social Care Team who was keen to develop these local projects said “Having already developed and supported befriending type services we wanted to look at other ways in which not only vulnerable people but the wider community could be involved with helping each other. Timebanking seemed to be a really good way of doing that. Read more

Central Bedfordshire was one of the national sites for the DWP Ageing Well Programme. “We invited local people we wouldn’t normally see in adult social care such as the retired and just retired, to a number of events to enable us to identify the issues important to them. Timebanking was one of the recommendations which came out of this work” says Julie Ogley, Director of Social Care, Health and Housing. Read more: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/c52935aa8ede4c0b42f3aa785/files/TBUK_Nation...

Enfield Borough Council sees time banks as having a key role in increasing social capital across its communities. Counsellor Del Goddard, the council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We think the time bank movement is a way to push forward and extend traditional volunteering. “It fits council objectives – strong communities and the social and economic development of this area. Time banking is a very clear means of achieving that.

Fenland District Council have incorporated time banking into their service plan as part of their localism agenda. They see it as a key mechanism to support vulnerable members of the community, promoting cohesion, supporting their aging population and engaging young people. Julie Randall, Community Support Worker who is leading on the work for Fenland District council said: “It hits a lot of our corporate priorities. If there are elderly people in the community, if somebody is going round to sit with them for an hour to try and reduce their social isolation or try and get them to be involved with other people, in the long term that can be cost effective on other services.

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