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Digging for success!

Southend Time Bank has teamed up with Southend-on-Sea in Transition to dig for success!
Kamil from Southend in Transition contacted the Time Bank to find out whether some of our members’ would help them tend to their Community Allotment in Southchurch. Our member Pepe was quick to respond, and has returned several times to assist with wedding, planting and digging.


Started in 2013, the community plot is a place where local residents can come to learn new growing skills, interact with each other and nature, and even take some home-grown organic produce with them!
As time bank members offer their skills on an hour by hour basis it can be easier for them to contribute on an ad hoc basis, rather than having to commit to regular help. . It creates new connections between people who would not normally have a chance to interact, as well as growing local social cohesion.
Kamil says:
   It was great to meet Pepe and chat about community matters while getting our hands dirty. He has a wealth of other skills and we will find ways to utilize them as well in the coming months. He commented that the exchange helped him get to know another part of the community, which he wouldn’t otherwise know about.
Click here to read more about Time Banking and the SiT Community allotment.


Local Exchange News


Making your local community a better place, one hour at a time!

What is a Time Bank?

Timebanking is about people helping people. It’s a community of people who provide a supportive network sharing their skills, using time as a unit of credit. For every hour you spend helping someone you earn one time bank credit. You can then use this credit to ask someone for an hour of their time.
It's free to become a member of the Time Bank and it's open to anyone, regardless of ability, skills or situation.

Time Bank has four principle values
  • Community - a social and friendly community of people willing to support each other
  • Reciprocity - hours are a currency so for every hour given one can be taken and vice versa
  • Respect - as in all communities respect is the foundation for time banking
  • Assets - everybody has different skills and talents to offer all are valued equally
So what's involved for members?
  • All time bank members meet with a co-ordinator for an interview; this will include taking character references.
  • When you are a member you can earn hours by responding to requests and make requests of your own.
  • Time Bank members only do what they want, when they want, and are under no obligation.
  • You can earn Time Credits for any voluntary work you are already doing or by responding to a request from other time bank members.
Hours can be used in the following ways;
  • One-to-one: individual members responding to another members request
  • One-to-group: an individual helping a group of members
  • Group-to-one: a small group coming together to help a time bank member
  • Group-to-group (or many-to-many): neighbourhood community activities

For more information please contact us on:
Tel: 01702 356000
Email: timebanking@savs-southend.co.uk


Timebanking UK News

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Who are Timebanking UK?

Time Banking UK is the national umbrella charity linking and supporting time banks across the country. We provide support, advice, guidance, resources and training to anyone interested in learning about timebanking, incorporating timebanking into their organisation or those who want to start up community time banks.

Timebanking UK supports all models of timebanking in all settings, with organisational timebanking becoming a big part of the sustainability plans of networks across the country.

Timebanking is witnessing extraordinary growth since the first time banks in the UK in 1998.  Spread to over 40 nations and 6 continents, there is now over 26,000 people time banking in the UK alone who have generated over 1.3 million hours of support for each other. There are new time banks being set up every week.  With the twin drivers of the public deficit crisis and the Coalition Government’s commitment to hand more power and responsibility to local communities and individuals, the political climate could not be more supportive of time banking.

We are a charity and company limited by guarantee.

Our head office is in Stroud, Gloucestershire where our core team work and liaise with time banks across the country.


Timebanking UK believes in a world in which people may have all they need for their own well being by contributing what they can to:

  • Building community
  • Caring for the marginalized
  • Bringing up healthy children
  • Fighting injustice

To do this we have three clear roles: HELPING, THINKING & DOING.

1) Helping -

Supporting timebanking projects and our membership through advice, consultancy, training and technical support

2) Thinking -

Researching and evaluating timebanks projects, helping to shape the policy debate around coproduction and sytem change

3) Doing -

Prototyping and piloting new models of timebanking and co-productions, such as the ‘Shares’ social marketplace.

Who do we work with?

We work primarily with organisations from the public and community sectors, in a consultancy and advisory capacity

Our training programmes cover a broad range of interests through from local community champions interested in timebanking to commissioners of public services.

Our software and support packages are open to everyone.


hOurworld News

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hOurworld Mobile Time Banking We believe in Open Innovation! We implement the best ideas of our members and coordinators. This broad based co-production model of networking and development affords us all the best tools for sustaining our local communities!

We believe in removing ALL the barriers to time banking that we can. Access to the hOurworld platform is FREE. It is easy for new members to join and learn, and easy for coordinators to manage and report on their members and activity.

We believe in supporting local diversity while maintaining a central cooperative organization to provide accessible support, training, and communications. We are documenting and teaching these models.

We believe that every member have control over their own privacy and content. We operate on private secure servers and HIPPA compliant data centers where all information is encrypted before going out on the internet.

We believe that time banking is one spoke in a wheel of Movements Moving Together. We foster local community organizations drawing together to create powerful local economies as they integrate CSA, Food Co-op, Buy Local, Transition Town, BALLE, CAP and others. The opportunities are endless!

All the Best from hOurworld

Timebanking brings Christmas to Grace

85 year old Grace contacted the Southend Timebank at SAVS in Southend and told them how she had spent last Christmas in hospital and would really like a proper Christmas Dinner this year. Due to a broken hip, Grace has not been out of the house (apart from in hospital transport) for a long time and she explained that making Christmas dinner was difficult.

The Southend Timebank registered Grace’s request and within days they had found a mother and daughter team (Diane and Yasmin) who were happy to make Grace’s wish come true.

Diane and Yasmin took Grace the full works! Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding, bread sauce, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts!!  They went back an hour later with Christmas pudding and cream with a cracker.  Grace told the Southend Timebank that she was very pleased and enjoyed her dinner very much. Grace also went on to say that Diane even did the washing up afterwards which impressed her further! Diane and Grace are now firm friends and she will be continuing to visit Grace on a regular basis.

Emily Middlemast (Southend Timebank Co-ordinator for SAVS) said:

“Time Banking is about people helping people, for every hour you help someone, you earn a credit which you can either use to ask someone to do something for you (exchanging skills), or you can donate into a community pot for people like Grace.  It’s a lovely way to help out in your community at a time to suit you.

To join the Southend Time Bank just go to www.tinyurl.com/southend-timebank or call 01702 356060 to find out more”