Cambridgeshire Time Credits: Building connected communities one hour at a time
Time Credits have been running in areas across Cambridgeshire since 2014 after a successful six month pilot in Wisbech.
Cambridgeshire Time Credits is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group working in partnership with Spice a social enterprise. Spice developed a unique time-based currency called Time Credits.
Spice works across health and social care, housing, community development and education, supporting organisations and services to use Time Credits to achieve their outcomes.
In 2016 the Community Engagement team at CCC were awarded an MJ Award for Excellence in Community engagement for their work with Time Credits.
Time Credits programme priorities;
- Older People,
- Strengthening Families
- Skills and employment
Time Credits areas
- Cambridge City North and East
- St Neots
How they work
Through Time Credits, people are encouraged to get involved in their community. Anyone can volunteer and offer skills to organisations involved in the Time Credit Network.
For every hour a person gives to their community, for example, helping children read in schools, companionship for older people, setting up a peer support group they earn one printed Time Credit. They can spend it on an hour’s activity in other community organisations, in local businesses and at large venues such as St. Paul’s or the Tower of London. They can also share them with friends and family or use them to thank others in turn.
Time Credits help to strengthen and build strong connected communities. It encourages volunteering for all age groups and enables people to give time to their communities in a wide range of ways. Time Credits create opportunities for communities to share assets and skills and work together in exciting ways.
Children’s Centres, Schools, Credit Unions, community groups and Sheltered Housing Schemes – if you want names of groups I can provide theses, have just kept it generic.
Facts and figures
Since the programme began in 2014:
- 35,000 hours have been given across Cambridgeshire
- 1500 individuals are signed up as Time Credit members
- 70 organisations are part of the programme
- 80 Spend venues across the East of England alone
- 45% of members have never of rarely volunteered before earning Time Credits
- 80% feel more able to contribute to the community and peers