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Form Filling and Letters

Community Service
Litter/Clean Up
Commissioned Works
Equipment Loan
Produce Exchange
Space Rental

Car Washing
Electronics - set up computer/TV
Garden - Design/Advice
Gardening - Light (weeding, pruning etc.)
Gardening - Moderate-Heavy (digging, slabs etc.)
Houseplant Care
Interior Decorating
Mechanical repair/maintenance
Minor DIY
Moving / Lifting
Sewing / Knitting / Mending

Accompanying People to Appointments
Buddying - Active (walking, cycling etc.)
Buddying - Entertainment (cinema, Fringe etc.)
Community Singing
Complementary Therapies
Cooking / Baking
Cosmetic Treatments
Dog Walking
Doing Errands
Games (mah-jong, bridge etc.)
Listening and Visiting
Pet Sitting
Reading Aloud

Coaching (life, career, sport etc.)
Computer/IT lesson
Food / cooking
Foreign Languages
Handcrafts (crochet/ jewellery making etc.)
Music (guitar, piano, singing etc.)
Professional Services
Edinburgh Leisure Pass - Gym/Swim/Class

Local Exchange News


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 the list on the left 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 info@portobellotimebank.co.uk 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 admin@hourworld.org 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.

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

hOurworld News

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


Tell us how your last exchange went using info@portobellotimebank.co.uk – it’ll be anonymous.  

Of Burn Clean-ups: "I know it is dirty, smelly work but I can't say enough about how much I love these events, especially the people, all united in trying to make our public spaces better."

"Frank repaired two items of furniture for me. An expert with a smile!  Very happy with the result. "

"I had such a nice time
meeting Frank. He is so engaged, friendly, talented in so many ways and has interesting stories to tell, too! He taught me drilling my precious beach finds and we had a lovely chat. All around a perfect first Timebank experience: Not just the passing on of a skill but also the social aspect of it. Looking forward to more timebanking experiences like this and giving back to the community!"

"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."