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Time Bank in Twerton reaches more local people

With investment of £24,500 from People's Health Trust using money raised by HealthFull through The Health Lottery, more local people than ever are getting involved in timebanking.  

Time Bank Plus, a local charity that offers people opportunities for volunteering in their local community through an exchange of time and services, has helped local people from Redland Park Estate share their skills and lend a helping hand to their neighbours – all in exchange for ‘time credits’.

For each hour spent helping someone else, one time credit is earned, which can be exchanged for a service or donated to someone else in need.

A member of Time Bank Plus said: “I share someone else's garden nearby, which I got through Time Bank. He's elderly and can no longer manage it himself. When I get a harvest, I can swap other veg at the local Food Co-op with mine, which I love.

"I've been involved with Time Bank for four years, and also run two Knit & Natter groups in local sheltered housing. It's improved my confidence tremendously and I've made a lot of new friends.

"Both groups enjoy the Knit & Natter and very much look forward to it and enjoy the fact that they're making things that are going to be used in the community. In return, several of them have had help with their gardens, or with accompanying them to appointments and the shops."

John Hume, chief executive of People’s Health Trust, said: “Time Bank Plus is a fantastic idea. The local people from Redland Park Estate are taking action to make where they live a better place, both for themselves and their neighbours, through trading their time and skills. We couldn’t be happier to fund this project.”

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
 
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