People in Wisbech can now take full credit for their volunteering with the launch of a ground breaking scheme for the town on 13 November.

The Spice Time Credits launch follows a successful pilot project that recruited around 130 volunteers contributing 1300 hours of time to help their community.

The Spice Time Credit scheme is an innovative volunteer programme and the initiative in Wisbech is the first time it has been delivered in the County. People using the scheme can help their community by giving their time to projects and organisations and as a thank you receive time credits. These can be used to access events, training and leisure services or to trade time with neighbours, such as The Light Cinema, Elgoods Gardens and New Vision Fitness Centre. The programme is being run by Spice, a social enterprise specialising in time credits and is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and CHS Group.

Volunteers involved in the launch will be running workshops and sessions sharing their skills. Activities include volunteers hosting arts and crafts workshops in Sommers Car Park on a special green bus where local people can get creative and helping to create a Wisbech Hero at a drawing workshop in the Horsefair. All activities run from 9.30 - 11.30 am.

These activities will be followed up with a special event  in the afternoon for local people, volunteers, local businesses, venues, community organisations and groups where they can find out more about the programme. Everyone is welcome, but booking is essential. To book a space booking is essential please contact Annie Moulds [email protected]

Rosie Farrar, Head of Communities & Housing - England at Spice, said: "I am excited to be on board with Spice, Cambridgeshire County Council and CHS Group and looking forward to working with the whole community and partners in Wisbech and across Cambridgeshire. Time credits are a great way to recognise volunteers for the time, skills and value and support they give to communities. By giving their time so generously, local people are becoming more involved with their local community, and developing new skills in the process. This could be by volunteering in a local community group, gardening on the local estate or helping with an after school group or delivering a service such as the local library. I'll be working with local people and community groups to design and develop the scheme in the coming months so that Time Credits really work for the local community."

Wendy Lansdown, Community Engagement Programme Manager, said: "Time Credit schemes have been shown to have a real impact on a communities throughout the country where they've been introduced. They mobilise volunteers to help improve where they live and to make thir communities more vibrant. We are delighted to launch the Time Credits programme in Wisbech working in partnership with Spice Innovations and CHS Group. Please do come and see at the launch and find out how you can get involved."

Other partners involved include the Orchards Primary School, the Ferry Project, Wisbech Children Centres and the Spinney Adventure Playground.

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