A special event at this year's Festival of Ideas is showcasing how volunteers exchanging time is making a real difference to their communities.

The Time Bank "˜exchanging time, connecting lives' event is taking place 7 pm "“ 9 pm on Tuesday 27 October, at Newnham College, Cambridge. It is sponsored by Mills and Reeve LLP.

It will tell the stories about how volunteers belonging to five time banks across Cambridgeshire have helped their communities and contributed over 12,000 hours to help people where they live.

Timebanking is a way for people to come together and help each other by exchanging knowledge, help and skills. It also helps build stronger, safer and happier communities.  With Timebanking everyone's time is equal no matter what the exchange is - if someone gives an hour they receive an hour back.

The evening will see the draw of the Grand Prize Raffle. Raffle tickets will be on sale on the evening for £1, with 4 great prizes up for grabs, including dinner, bed and breakfast in a superior double room at the Quy Mill Hotel and Spa, or a portrait photo session with Ian Stacey photography, Ely.

Time banks are supported by Cambridgeshire County Council and CHS Group. The Five Time Banks can be found in Cambourne, St Neots, St Ives, Somersham and Littleport.

Gerry Cano, Project Manager at CHS Group, said; "Time banks are an amazing way for people to give to their community and we have some wonderful and inspiring stories about how volunteers have really helped people in need. You can support timebanking and find out more about them by coming along to our Big Event."

County Councillor Steve Criswell, lead on Communities at Cambridgeshire County Councillor, added: "The Timebanks bring communities together in a really impressive way "“ it is an inspiring idea that's delivering results on the ground. There's lots of ways people can contribute using a variety of different skills, including gardening, teaching a language, shopping, providing IT support, companionship and much more. If you're interested in Time Banking, why not come along to the event?"

To attend this event and learn how this simple idea changes lives, click here or ring 01223 766766  to book your free place. The Festival of Ideas is being run by University of Cambridge.


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