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Monday, 05 June 2017 13:13

timebank logoMembers of timebanks help each other by trading skills, and have found a way to socialise at the same time. You can find out more about how timebanks work at drop-ins at Portswood library and other Southampton locations – writes Gwyneth Baker.

If you hate washing your car but love ironing then being a member of a timebank scheme could be just for you. This is certainly the case for Mary who is a member of a timebank. Mary said: “I don’t like gardening and I would rather someone else did it for me in exchange for me doing someone else’s ironing.”

Timebanks bring together people with different talents and skills and pool these resources so that members get help from each other. The scheme is supported by Southampton City Council.

So how does it work? The amount of time taken to do a job is recorded in the timebank so it can be exchanged at any time. For example: Mary does Pete’s ironing, Pete does Janet’s gardening, Janet (who is housebound) phones Margaret to check she’s ok, Margaret knits a cardigan for Albert, Albert takes Mary to a hospital appointment. So members trade their time between each other, doing the jobs they enjoy and getting help with the ones they don’t. Everyone is a winner.

In order to ensure the timebank runs smoothly and everyone’s hours are recorded properly, a ‘timebank broker’ uses a software programme specifically designed to record timebank hours.

To ensure that the timebank has responsible members the timebank broker asks for two references from anyone wishing to join and meets the applicants in their home.

For some people timebanks are an economic lifestyle choice, and for some senior citizens they offer a social network, a sense of engagement and a feeling that they can still make a valuable contribution to the community.

The concept originated in the USA and there are now over 260 schemes throughout the country. Time Banking UK is the national umbrella charity linking and supporting timebanks across the country by providing inspiration, guidance and practical help.

If you’d like to find out more locally and meet the timebank broker and other members, drop in to Portswood Library on Friday mornings between 10.30am -12.30pm. There are also other sessions in Southampton listed at the end of this piece.

For more information you can also call or text Gwyneth Baker (West Southampton) on 07795 050294 or Lynda Barnes (East Southampton) on 07931 223137 email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gwyneth Baker

Here are some other timebank sessions taken from the group's flyer:

What’s On Time Bank Social Activities

This is a chance to meet the Timebank Broker and other Time Bank members. Find out what is going on and an opportunity to ask for and offer time exchanges. You do not have to be a Timebank member to come along to any of the activities.

You will always receive a warm welcome.

Monday 10 am till 12pm
Drop In Woolston Library, Centenary Quay, Free Tea and Coffee available. Meet the Timebank Broker and other members.

Monday 2pm till 4pm
Drop In Maybush/Millbrook Holy Family Church
This friendly drop in is for everyone. A chance to meet the Timebank Broker and members, have a chat, exchange information and time.

Tuesday 1.30pm till 3.30pm
T.R.I.P. Club Bitterne U.R.C. (Above Iceland)
Everyone is welcome. Refreshments are provided and we have various activities which may include speakers, games, chat,
a raffle and fun. £3

For further information contact:

West Southampton Time Bank Broker, Gwyneth Baker 07795 050294 Email— This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Facebook—Southampton Time Banks Twitter - @sotontimebanks

What’s On cont.

Alternate Thursdays 1.30pm-3.30pm
Drop in The Crafty Bug Café, 82 Bridge Road, Woolston. Pop in and have a chat with other members.
Why not join us for lunch? Healthy eating plan breakfast, gluten and dairy free products available

Thursdays 6.00pm-8.00pm
Get Together Freemantle Community Centre,
Randolph Street
1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursdays are craft evenings. £1
4th Thursdays Network Meeting or Bring and Share Supper £1

Fridays 10.30am—12.30pm
Drop In Portswood Library, Portswood Road
Free Tea and Coffee available. Meet the Timebank Broker and other members.

4th Friday of the month 11am till 13.30pm
Craft Group. The Crafty Bug Café, 82 Bridge Road, Woolston SO19 7QG
A different craft activity each month. Suitable for all abilities. £1

We also have regular one-off events. Check for details on the website, Facebook or newsletter.

Also for further information contact:

East Southampton Timebank Broker,
Lynda Barnes 07931 223137 Email— This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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