Time 4 Hart Time Bank – Give an Hour, Gain an Hour
What is a Time Bank?
Time Banks recognise that we all have talents and skills that we can share with others, and reward people for the ordinary (and not so ordinary), neighbourly help they give to those around them. For every hour that a person gives to helping someone else, or for giving time in the community, they earn one ‘time credit’ which can then be spent receiving an hour’s help in return. One hour’s help given equals one hour’s help received, no matter what the task. Everyone’s time is valued equally and everyone can give to and benefit from the scheme.
There is also the option to donate your “time credits” to the Time 4 Hart Time Bank Community Pot to help someone in need of more time than they can give back.
Who can join?
Anyone aged 15 or over can apply to become a member of the Time 4 Hart Time Bank. You can apply online. You can send us your name, address and phone number by e-mail, or give the Time 4 Hart team a call on 01252 627070 ( Mondays – Thursdays 10.00-15.00). More detail about applying to be Time 4 Hart Time Bank member below.
Organisations can join too
Voluntary and community organisations, businesses and public sector organisations can become Time 4 Hart Time Bank members too. Some of the reasons why organisations might want to join are:
- Timebanking can contribute to your organisation’s community service or employee volunteering programmes.
- Timebanking enables the sharing of skills and assets with individuals and other organisations.
- Time Bank members can offer one-off or short-term support to meet the needs of your organisation’s clients, which are beyond your own organisation’s remit or capacity.
- Helps you discover some of the hidden talents of your staff and volunteers!
More details below or by contacting the Time 4 Hart Team by e-mail, by calling 01252 627070 or dropping into the Hart Volunteer Centre, 1st Floor Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet, GU51 3LA.
More about Time 4 Hart
Who can join?
Time 4 Hart is open to anyone aged 15 years and above. Time Banks work around place, so it is likely that members will live or work in Hart District, however this does not exclude people who live and work in neighbouring towns and districts.
You can join as an individual member or as an organisation member.
If you want to check if there is another Time Bank nearer to where you live go to the Timebanking UK web-site
What do Time Bank Members Do?
Here are just a few examples
- Giving lifts or escorting to appointments
- Shopping or simple errands
- Decorating or simple home repairs
- Visiting people at home who can’t get out and about
- Gardening or housework
- Simple car and cycle repairs
- Walking the dog for someone else
- Teaching a musical instrument – or knitting – or using a computer
- Helping with community activities
All knowledge, skills and experience are recognised equally!
How do we join?
Someone from the Time 4 Hart team will follow up with you and arrange a time for a chat to discuss more about your interests, skills and experience, and how you would like to benefit from being a Time Bank member.
You will also be asked to complete a individual or organisation membership form and provide contacts for 2 references. Once those have been received you will be signed up as a member and you will be ready to make your offers of and requests for help.
How to offer help or request help
You can register your offers and requests for help through the Time 4 Hart online page (after you have created your own log-in). On this page you will also be able to see what other offers and requests are available to you courtesy of other Time Bank members.
You will be notified by the Time 4 Hart team if someone is interested in your offer of or request for help, and then contacted to follow-up and arrange for the time exchange to take place.
For those who would prefer to manage their time exchanges through the Time Bank Team because they would rather not use the internet, this will be logged on their behalf. We would advise this approach for organisations who are asking for help for their clients via the Community Pot.
What is the Community Pot?
Some people tend to do lots for others and build up a surplus in their account for more time than they expect to be able to use.
Other people may need lots of help – more than they have time in their personal account to cover – and may have a large deficit on their account. Or someone might need help – for example, if they have just come out of hospital – but feel they are unlikely to be able to match the time they need by providing help to others. This may make them reluctant to ask for the help they need.
Time 4 Hart’s Community Pot can offer a solution in these situations. It can provide time credits to cover the time needed to help a Time Bank member, so they don’t have to worry about asking for help. It is covered in two main ways:
- Individual or Organisation Time Bank members donate some of their surplus time to the Pot
- Some group activities collect time and contribute it to the Community Pot
The Time 4 Hart Community Pot is available to members when it is needed. Feel free to ask about it if you think it could help you or if one of your organisation’s clients would benefit.
Keeping you safe
Whilst Timebanking is all about informal exchanges of time, there are still measures that the Time 4 Hart Time Bank will put in place to ensure that time exchanges are safe for all.
The Time 4 Hart team will meet with all prospective members, and ask them to provide 2 references before completing the membership registration process. These references could be from friends and relations as well as work colleagues.
We ask all Time Bank members to only offer to carry out a Time Bank request if it is within their capacity to do so. Time Bank requests should usua;u take no more than 1 or 2 hours to complete. If you are unsure about what you are being asked to do (eg the task requested will take longer than the allotted time) or if you have concerns about the welfare of a Time Bank member, please contact the Time 4 Hart team for guidance.
Time exchanges to support more vulnerable individuals will have have been risk assessed in advance.
Time Bank members’ activities are covered by Timebanking UK’s insurers, and Time 4 Hart has Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures in place.