There are no rules about where you
start time banking. You can use your
kitchen as a base or talk a friendly
community organisation into lending
you some space. Corners of cafés
and shops have been used, almost
anywhere that is easy to fi nd, central
to where you live and where people
feel welcome to drop in at any time.
Everything else you need can be supplied
quite cheaply these days.
There are all sorts of telephone providers
offering all sorts of deals and someone
will have a computer that you can use.
There really is nothing else you need.
Time banking is a tool that can be used
in a range of settings. People use time
banking to revitalise their community
centres and social clubs, to organise
campaigns, provide social care or to
run self-help schemes.
Click here for a PDF page of time credits
Time banking can operate at many
levels and in many ways:
One person to one person exchanges
A simple job done for another person;
One person to many people Someone passing on a skill to a group;
Many people to one person
A group coming together to help out
Many people to many people
A group organising an event in their
If you join Time Banks UK we can set you
up with the ‘Time Online’ computer system
to record the things people do for each
other and the time credits that are earned
and spent. The software also lets you know
who is available, when and with what skills.
Alternatively, you can make up credits; see
sample vouchers in this guide. People can
give them to the provider for each hour of
help they receive. We suggest that each
person is given 30 vouchers at the start of
the year and that you then have a huge
party at the end of the year and check out
how the vouchers have passed among you
and all the good things they have inspired.