The time bank in Stonehouse was established in 1998 as Britain’s first time bank and it continues to be a strong presence in the community, with Fair Shares’ first charity shop also being set up there. Since then we have extended across the district to cover the Stroud area and Dursley. The time bank has 350+ individual members and 40+ organisational members. 80% of our members are aged 50+ and we have a strong track record of working with homeless young people, older people with dementia and their carers, people with mental health issues and those with long-term health conditions.
Current projects include gentle park walks in Stratford Park, social and activity groups for people with long-term conditions, allotment group, dementia focus group, men’s group, reminiscence activities and yoga.
As well as projects, there are also the exchanges between individuals that continue to make a difference to people’s lives. Local resident Rose Tanner joined and had this to say: ‘It was a real help to have something done that’s been troubling me for months. It’s a great service and a great scheme.’ Rose had some bricks moved and in exchange she offers simple clothes repairs and alterations.
We also have regular meetings and trips out, which include going to Weston-Super-Mare, the Forest of Dean, Newark Park to see the snow drops and the city farm in Gloucester. We always try and find a nice café and think about where will be accessible and offer a range of experiences for our members.
The current Stroud newsletter is for Winter 2016. Please take a look and see what we’ve been doing and what there is planned.