Welcome to Fair Shares

Fair Shares is a community based project that uses two-way volunteering, to reward people for the time and effort they put into their neighbourhood.

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Ways you can
make a donation

If you are unable to share your time, you can still help Fair Shares by donating. Find out more about the different ways to donate.

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Give your time and join up today!

Need to learn more about how time banking works before you get involved with Fair Shares.

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Interested in Getting Started

Want to find out more about how you can get started with Fair Shares, and the next steps involved.

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Fair Shares projects

Fair Shares is involved with many different projects, ranging from working with young people, to work in prisons, fundraising events and dementia work.

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We love sharing time. Everyone can do it, this is how!

Fair Shares Hourglass

Individuals and organisations can swap their time and skills with other members of the Time Bank.

Fair Shares Clock

For every hour of help that someone gives, they get one Fair Shares time credit. They can then use these credits to spend on things that they might need help with.

Watch our short video to find out more...

Watch our short video to find out more...

Different ways you can get involved

As an individual

There are many ways you can get involved; from sharing time and skills with others in the community, taking part in our social activities, to joining our charity shop team. The options are endless.

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As an organisation

Organisations of all kinds can also join Fair Shares. Find ways of sharing resources with other groups or open up new opportunities for your existing volunteers.

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Make a donation

If you don't feel you can share your time, then you can also give a donation to the Fair Shares community.

Ways to Donate

How Fair Shares has helped…

It’s been amazing because we can actually have a conversation with older people and learn things from them and at the same time learn something new about cooking, nutrition and how to budget.

John, a young participant from Stroud

I struggle sitting in a classroom but a little bit of maths [mentoring] in a different environment, is encouraging.

J. - Maths Learner in HMP Erlestoke

Times2 Maths mentoring has “brought me out of my shell, it’s helped my confidence”

John - Maths Mentor Leyhill

Fair Shares members have been so supportive. They have moved an ottoman for me and provided lifts and in return I have undertaken extensive sewing repairs. It’s a very effective method.

Gee from Newent

I’ve really enjoyed being with younger people and been impressed with their commitment. Without this we would never have met and had the time to speak and listen to each other. This could help change people’s attitudes.

Pammy from Stroud

It’s just the natural way of living – everyone helping each other out.

Rob from Gloucester

Coming here has helped me become more confident; I am more comfortable with people and I can make and do useful things to help other people, and make friends who don’t judge you. It’s made me think about becoming a social worker, or a teacher.

Courntey, a young participant in Gloucester

When I first came into prison 3 years ago, I had very little confidence regarding maths but I have improved to the point I’m now a mentor

S. a Maths mentor in HMP Leyhill

I’ve been involved in Fair Shares for three years, after volunteering at a woodland project, Gymnation, the Furniture Recycling Project and the City Farm. I don’t like office work, I prefer doing practical things that help people – Fair Shares is all about people helping each other. I’ve learned all sorts of skills – carpentry, gardening, lambing and repairing things. I feel safe, welcome and useful here

Luke from Gloucester

My illness no longer defines or limits my life. Fair Shares has changed my life. I can’t talk highly enough about it.

Fred in Gloucester

I feel part of their community and know that my time and skills are valued

Vivienne from Newent

Times2 Maths is good because helping people in prison  also means helping the less fortunate outside

Michael - Maths mentor HMP Erlestoke

When I walk around town, I see so many people I know. It’s embedded me into the community

Jane from North Cotswolds

It’s a great way of getting unemployed people back into things, instead of them being made to feel redundant and losing confidence.

Bill Wragge, Cotswold District Council
A large group showing Fair Shares certificates

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Farewell from Jez Spencer, our CEO

After five great years at Fair Shares, the time has come for me to move to pastures new. I have had a fascinating and inspiring ‘journey’ with all of you that we work with and will miss the daily updates…read more

Stonehouse Shop Closure
Stonehouse Shop & Volunteers

When we opened the Stonehouse shop in 2012 it was an exciting prospect for all. It would allow us to spend more time in the local community which had been home to the first ever time bank. Thanks to countless…read more

Timebanking London Style
Sif & Julie at Rushey Green

We had a day out to London to visit Philippe and Simone at the Rushey Green Time Bank. They are the second oldest timebank in the country (we’re the first of course!). They were initially set up in a doctors…read more

A Cruise Down Memory Lane
Southfield Residents with Austin 10

In Stroud quite a bit of our work is centered around the elderly. Bob, who lives at Southfield Care Home, had joined a few of the gentle park walks organised by Fair Shares. During one of these he talked about…read more

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