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“PEOPLE ARE VALUED, PEOPLE HAVE A ROLE AND PEOPLE FEEL THEY BELONG IN OUR COMMUNITIES”
Fair Shares is based on timebanking, which is a two way volunteering system that values people for the time they give and receive and the contribution they make to the community. We support people to help each other, share experiences and make friends. We encourage everyone to work together to build supportive, sustainable and resilient communities.
Fair Shares brings people together through the sharing of time, skills and acts of kindness. Our time banks recognise that everyone has something to contribute. We connect people to share their experience and knowledge to support each other, building friendships and changing lives.
We believe everyone has something to offer, and through the giving and receiving of time, we can build a place where we all help each other, create friendships and learn new skills. Everyone feels connected and valued, sharing what they can to build stronger communities.
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.
Redefining How We Value People
We believe that “work” is more than just what we do to earn money. Contributing to our community and helping out neighbours is important and valuable, and we recognise it as such. Anything from mowing someone’s lawn to taking time out to talk to an elderly person needs to be appreciated, and timebanking emphasises these simple contributions are vital for our society to flourish.
Give and Take
We understand that communities naturally require everyone to be involved with both giving and receiving 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
Timebanking is more than just about acts of volunteering. It’s about creating friendships, relationships, and links between different people and groups. We believe that healthy 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.