Find out more about how organisations can work with Fair Shares and how you can get involved
Fair Shares works with many organisations across the county, signing participants up and helping to integrate people into their communities. There are many benefits to organisations embracing the model of time banking as a good, proven community development tool that enhances lives and shares skills/assets and resources between those that need them.
Supporting the voluntary and community sector (VCS) can be an integral part of your corporate social responsibility policy and has huge benefits for both the organisation receiving support and local business. Involving your staff in skill sharing with the VCS can help them meet their personal development objectives and boost morale. Working on group projects can encourage and develop team work and enable your staff to use or learn new or additional skills. Employer Supported Volunteering can really make your staff feel valued by your business. Sharing your physical resources with the VCS can introduce you to new charity partners as well as saving the charity money.
Your volunteering and resource sharing through the Network will earn you time credits that you can donate to your charity partners or into the Fair Shares community pot.
EXAMPLES OF ORGANISATIONS WE WORK WITH:
The Stroud Museum in the Park – Working together on reminiscence projects and the base of our dementia friendly walks in the park.
Village Agents – referring people they work with to Fair Shares to get them involved in the community
Severn Vale Housing – Lending their venue space to support craft groups for older people.
St James City Farm – Involving their volunteers in timebanking and developing the onsite allotment as a community space.
The Phoenix Club – Borrowing the Fair Shares minibus to take their clients on day trips.
Ross Willis Court – Working together to develop social activities for their residents and our participants.
Roses Theatre – Working together to support community arts projects.
GEM – The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment. The GEM Project aims to engage with 1,100 people over the next three years until December 2019.
The GEM Project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
For more information, please visit glosgem.org