time wheel - how it works
And Be Rewarded - In Time!
Timebanks are a way for people to help others in their community and be rewarded for it – in time. For every hour you give helping someone, you receive one hour back, called a time credit. Everyone’s time is valued equally, so one hour of sharing skills or helping others is recognised by giving that person one hour as a time credit – a community loyalty point.
The co-ordinators of Time4Warwickshire, Warwickshire County Council’s timebanking initiative that links residents with their local timebank, are keen to let people know that they can still help others in their community, even with social distancing measures in place, by offering support online via Zoom or Skype, for example, or socially distanced activities.
 
Examples of skills that could be shared virtually as part of a timebank include family research advice or computer support, such as advice on how to keep safe online, editing digital photos, or how to use Nextdoor and other social media. Other successful timebanking projects around the UK include online music and dance sessions for older people, such as hand jiving and singing classes; online mock interviews; learn a new language; Lego challenges; poetry clubs; and online gaming, such as board games or battleships.
 
As society opens up again, activities such as postal quizzes, which are filled in and left outside the front door to be collected by a ‘quiz master’ who marks them and gives a rundown of the local winners, are also possible, as is socially distanced gardening, where volunteers are given access to a homeowner’s garden with no physical contact.
 
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Warwickshire residents who have found themselves vulnerable and isolated without access to support from family, friends or neighbours, have been offered an incredible amount of help through the county’s growing number of voluntary groups, in addition to direct help from Warwickshire County Council. Volunteers already make a huge contribution to our county and there are many ways in which we can support our friends, families, colleagues and communities, taking into account social distancing.
 
Timebanking is a fantastic way of using your skills to help others, getting help for things you need and, most wonderfully of all, continuing to make a difference in your community. With six timebanks already, Warwickshire’s timebanking offer is set to make a difference, but there will be great community benefits when there are more schemes across the county. Warwickshire County Council is calling on communities in the county to create timebanks where they don’t currently exist, and for individuals to join their local timebanks where they are already up and running. All volunteers will be given guidance to ensure they have the support and skills they need by their local Time4Warwickshire timebank. 

Anybody thinking of joining or setting up a timebank in their local area should contact the Time4Warwickshire team
Cheryl Jones (North) on 07443 345610 & Mick Spicer (South) on 07825 938396. 
Or via email:  
Or find ‘Time4Warwickshire’ on Facebook.