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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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.

These People We Love

A film capturing the changing relationship between those living with dementia and their family carers as the disease progresses.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of kindness was the theme of the party this year. We know that one of the strengths of the Fair Shares community is in how generous our participants are with the acts of kindness they show others. It is…read more

Festive Fun 2018

Our Christmas party was a huge success and a great celebration of everything Fair Shares is. It was great to see so many people turn up to share some joy with others. We celebrated 20 years of Fair Shares and…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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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
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How Fair Shares has helped…

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

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

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

Rob from Gloucester

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

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

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

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

Vivienne from Newent

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

Jane from North Cotswolds

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

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

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