Congratulations on becoming a member of Portobello Timebank! If you are coming here for the first time, you have some work to do to get yourself on the timebank map. Your welcome letter describes all the ways you can get help to use the system – it may take a little time to get familiar with it, but it’s worth persevering with.
You’ll be most anxious to add your offers and requests – to help you out we’ve made a list of what’s on the system at the moment. If there’s anything you have/want that’s not on the list, contact a timebroker on firstname.lastname@example.org to get it added.
Don’t forget to add your profile and photo – we want to get to know you!
We'd like to make sure we're communicating with all our members. We have a local front-end website at www.portobellotimebank.co.uk where you can review the principles of timebanking, catch up with the latest news and plans, then use it as a gateway to here, the hOurworld site where your offers, requests and exchanges are recorded. We also send you a newsletter every Monday morning. Make sure communications from email@example.com don't end up in your spam box!
Our community project activities are popular with our members and the public alike. You can see photos of the results on our Facebook page. We are grateful to Edinburgh City Council, Asda and Greggs for their support.
Our membership continues to grow steadily and several of the newer members are very active. Our monthly meetings (normally at the Dalriada around the middle of each month, - check the website/Facebook) often feature a talk of general interest to our members. Exchanges are much more likely to take place if you have met other members - in fact a large number of requests never make it to the database or weekly newsletter. They're organised between people who've met through previous exchanges. So if you're feeling out of it, take the first steps: update your profile, add some new offers and requests, join us in person at our monthly meetings, events, activity groups or community tasks.
We’re delighted to announce that Portobello Timebank is now able to offer Edinburgh Leisure Passes for gym/swim or class facilities, in exchange for 2 timebank hours per pass. These have been given to us by the council in return for all the work we’ve been doing over the past 18 months in maintaining parts of the local community.
How to Apply
All you have to do is log in to your hOurworld account and look for the Offer on your home page. Use the ‘Reply’ envelope logo to send an email stating the number of passes you’d like to receive. Your account will be debited and you’ll get a reply to arrange delivery/pick-up.
You can apply for up to 2 passes per member per month, provided that you have participated in at least 1 timebanking transaction during 2017. This can be as a provider or recipient, and is not restricted to Community work. In addition, the purchase should not drop your balance to less than -10 hours. They are not transferable.
How to Use Them
The current supply is valid until March 2018, and the council is keen that they’re not wasted. They are valid for any centre with a gym/pool and can be used for a session at these facilities or for a single class. Check times/availability on their website.
Passes will be available while stocks last. If the offer doesn’t appear on your hOurworld home page it means they have run out. But check back on the 1st Monday of the following month, or watch for announcements in our weekly newsletter/Facebook page.
Issue of passes is at the discretion of the PTB Committee. Terms and conditions may change without notice
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:
To do this we have three clear roles: HELPING, THINKING & DOING.
Supporting timebanking projects and our membership through advice, consultancy, training and technical support
Researching and evaluating timebanks projects, helping to shape the policy debate around coproduction and sytem change
Prototyping and piloting new models of timebanking and co-productions, such as the ‘Shares’ social marketplace.
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.
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"Thanks so much for arranging for Joan to text me. Massive kudos to timebank for short notice request and the perfect candidate."
"Maidenhair fern gone from my flowerbed, now the fun bit to plant something new. Thanks Liz"
"Now I have two pcs connected to the internet and a lot of questions answered! Thank you Dick"
"Very pleased to have someone to help with watering etc while we were away."
"My lawnmower is now all tuned up and ready to tackle some cutting once the rain stops. And I know how to do it again next time."
"I have had fantastic competent help from James to re-set email contacts and transfer my emails from one email address to another! I have lots of work ahead, but James taught me what I need to do so I can learn as I go along. Thank you James!"
"Other things rescued from the river: one tyre, one golf ball, one tree trunk, bicycle wheels, various assorted lengths of something (better not to ask what) ... in a mere two hours, the whole cage was full and we were exhausted. Fortunately, though, that was the time to have tea and cakes ..."
"It was great to have Frank's help painting the railings. A tedious job made lighter through interesting chat while working together. Thank you."
"We walked along the [Brunstane] burn this morning. It's looking so much better after all the l&a it's been treated to over the past few months. Thanks for all your hard work."
"Thank you James for taking my old stove to the recycling centre. It’s been cluttering up my workroom for longer than I care to mention. You turned up willingly at the ungodly hour I suggested on a Sunday morning, and dropped me back home in a half hour. Something I had wanted rid of for ages was gone in a mere half hour. What a result!"
"I really enjoyed learning how to play mahjong and our group are all now enthusiastic players. The games are social occasions too, and lots of other exchanges take place between the group members because we know each other."
"Did my first sewing job...lovely to meet Ursula and I surprised both of us by completing it so quickly....would have taken me weeks if it was for myself!!!"