Last Saturday (5 October), over 60 people came along to celebrate five years since the Time Credits initiative came to Fenland. The celebration event was organised by Cambridgeshire County Council in partnership with some of the key earn partners. The event was a chance for volunteers to celebrate together and relax with a buffet, craft activities and a raffle.
Council-run activities and resource hire centre Community ARC provided the candyfloss machine, a chocolate fountain and many games, which the children just loved. We also had generous support from local organisations who gave their time for free: Click Therapy with a fun Photo Booth and Becky from Massage & Wax whose mini-massages went down a treat. One Time Credits member earned credits at the event by kindly offering her hair braiding skills.
Mayor of Wisbech, Cllr Michael Hill cut the celebratory cake and Cllr Steve Tierney handed out thank you cards to all Time Credits volunteers as an appreciation for their hard work.
Cllr Steve Criswell, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of Communities and Partnership committee said: “There was so much to celebrate: In Fenland alone since 2014, over 25,000 time credits have been earnt – that’s 25,000 hours of time given to Fenland communities or 12.5 years (in 37 hour weeks)!
"People have given their time in many different ways – from reading with children in school, to litter picking and running events. I encourage everybody in Cambridgeshire to have a look at how Time Credits work and get involved in their community to make the next five years a continuing success.”
Click here to find out more about Time Credits and how to get involved.