Timebanking is an exciting way for local people to come together and help each other by exchanging knowledge, help and skills. Timebanks can be set up by community organisations or individuals.
How Timebanking works
In a Timebank everyone’s time is equal. Regardless of the skills or expertise being exchanged, one hour equals one hour. The Timebanks are fully inclusive, with a dedicated Timebank Coordinator encouraging everyone to get involved.
Timebank Coordinators match people’s skills, arrange time exchanges and keep a record of all the members’ “banked” hours.
How an exchange works
A Timebank member can choose to give 1 hour of their time taking an older person to the local shops, and in return can spend that hour earned on anything which other members are offering, perhaps help with gardening, IT support or companionship. It is a positive way of developing communities.
Timebanking makes a difference by
- Driving social change
- Bringing people together
- Providing a foundation for everyone to be involved equally
- Encouraging new friendships and connections
- Harnessing the energy and power of local people to support one another
- Strengthening community bonds and cohesion
Timebanks in Cambridgeshire
- Cambourne: Email: [email protected] or phone 07540 122 624
- Houghton and Wyton: Email: [email protected] or phone 07484 524180
- Littleport and Ely: Email: [email protected] or phone 07702 517746
- St Ives: Email: [email protected] or phone 07887 894100
- Somersham and Pidley: Email: [email protected] or phone 07443 619 017
- St Neots: Email: [email protected] or phone 07590 909057
- Warboys: Email: [email protected]
All Timebanks in the county are invited to join the Timebanking Partnership. The Partnership enables Timebanks to collaborate for example; to share learning, and team up for events and bids. They can get in touch via the email address below
If you are interested in setting up a Timebank in Cambridgeshire, CHS Group are able to help.
Contact [email protected] or phone 07834 750 676
You can follow the Cambridgeshire Timebanking Partnership on Twitter https://twitter.com/TimebankCambs