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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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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Want to find out nmore 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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GEM Navigator Developer Vacancy

Full Time (Part time considered) – Fixed Term until 31st December 2022 The Gloucestershire GEM (Going the Extra Mile) Project, commenced in October 2016 and has engaged with over 1500 people across Gloucestershire. It focuses on people who face challenges…read more

Gentle Walks in Stroud

Our gentle walks are back from their summer vacation. Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month we’ll be meeting up at the Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, and taking a leisurely walk around. We usually meet up around…read more

Summer fun at our Allotment

Come rain or shine, we didn’t let the weather stop us from having a great summer down at our allotment. We had lots of intrepid explorers join us at our Summer Trail, rummaging around the allotment trying to track down…read more

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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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Through GEM

Meet with our Navigator Developer, Farhanah, and start your GEM journey towards employment.

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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.

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How Fair Shares has helped…

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

Jane from North Cotswolds

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

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

Rob from Gloucester

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

Vivienne from Newent

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

J. - Maths Learner in HMP Erlestoke

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

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

Michael - Maths mentor HMP Erlestoke

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

John - Maths Mentor Leyhill

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

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

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

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