Saltash Timebank launches
By SaltashCIC | Friday, September 20, 2013, 11:43
A new 'Timebank' is being launched in
Saltash giving local people the chance to share skills and make new friends in
the community. The skills-swapping scheme is based at the Community Hub, in the
Community Market in Fore Street.
lets someone exchange an hour of their time for an hour of someone else's. All
time is equal so an hour of babysitting would be as valuable as an hour of
gardening or an hour of decorating. The time given is 'banked', to be exchanged
when you need a little bit of help from someone else. No money is involved; it
is based on the principle of 'reciprocity', the idea of doing a favour for a
favour and being credited with the time taken.
The exchange system is being managed by
a 'time broker', who keeps a record of hours given and received and encourages members
to share their skills.
Community Hub Volunteer Lynda Burden,
who has been involved with setting up the Saltash scheme, said "It's a good way of meeting new people
whilst providing a service that benefits
the wider community, and perhaps a fantastic way of swapping what you like
doing for what you hate doing! Timebanks place value on neighbourhood action;
there are so many positive benefits to the scheme it should be a real asset to
the whole community of Saltash."
Saltash Timebank is the latest
initiative from the Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company (CIC), which
also runs the Saltash Card, Hopper Bus, Community Market and Hub.
There are over 250 timebanks across
England - there are already five in Plymouth and seven in Cornwall. All are
part of Timebanking UK, which provides online support and services. The Saltash
Timebank is hoping it will achieve the success of others across the country.
Anyone who would like to know more can
contact the Hub at the Community Market at 'For Saltash' 4 Fore Street, Tel
01752 843848 or email@example.com