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We work to bring people closer together in our communities, to support and help one another, make new friends and share skills and experiences. We do this through time banking –
THE PRINCIPLES OF TIME BANKING
People are the Strength of the Community
The real wealth of our communities are the people and the skills they bring. Everyone can contribute in some way to make our communities work. We believe that the solutions to the problems we often face can be found from within and we need to find ways to allow everyone to be valued for what they do.
We believe that “work” is more than what we do to earn money. Contributing to your community and helping out your neighbours is important and valuable “work” and should be recognised as such. Work can be anything from mowing someone’s lawn to taking time out to talk to an elderly neighbour, and it is this work that is vital for our society to flourish.
Give and Take
We want to more away from one way acts of charity and instead understand that communities naturally require everyone to be involved with both giving and taking and everyone helping each other. Everyone has something to give but we all need an extra pair of helping hands now and then as well.
Building Social Links
Time banking is more than just about acts of volunteering. It’s about creating friendships, relationships, and links between different people and groups. Communities are built on trust, and we build that trust through meaningful interactions with each other. For individuals in those communities, our mental and physical wellbeing depends highly on strong enduring relationships.
To support the development of our communities through time banking – Increasing community cohesion, improving health and wellbeing, and contributing to the reduction of health inequalities.
To support, enhance and promote the core economy, by creating effective partnerships and redefining resources.
To ensure that all time banks are strong, vibrant, well supported and reflect the strengths and skills of all involved.
To develop a framework to monitor and evaluate our work, measuring the impact of social capital, changes in health and wellbeing, and effectiveness of co-production.