Time bank volunteering is about people helping people.
It’s a community of people who provide a supportive network sharing their skills, using time as a unit of credit.
For every hour you spend helping someone you earn one-time bank credit. You can then use this credit to ask someone for an hour of their time, or donate them to the Community Pot for someone who is unable to earn their own hours.
It’s an excellent way to get into volunteering without any regular commitment. Everyone has different skills and talents to offer and all are valued equally.
It’s free to become a member of the Time Bank and it’s open to anyone regardless of age, ability, skills or situation. We have people with all kinds of skills registered with us, from teaching a musical instrument to gardening, from dog walking to befriending. Time bank members only do what they want, when they want and are under no obligation or commitment.
I volunteer every Thursday afternoon as a ‘Knitting Buddy’ in the Folk Like Us knitting group, It is a small, happy and welcoming knitting group, which meet at the HUB from 1pm-3pm.
I personally get a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. I can discuss subjects that I used to with my mum.
I have now become a member of FLU (Folk Like Us) myself which enables me to gather information of upcoming events and discuss subjects relevant to my age and obtain good sound advice.
The National Lottery Community Fund, legally named the Big Lottery Fund, is a non-departmental public body responsible for distributing funds raised by the National Lottery for “good causes”. Since 2004 it has awarded over £6 billion to more than 130,000 projects in the UK.