How Timebanking Works

There are no rules about where you start timebanking. 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 find, central to where you live and where people feel welcome to drop in at any time.

Many things you might need can be donated in exchange for timebanking hours. For example, meeting space at a local organisation, use of a photocopier or having a pop-up information event at the local café or church.

There are so many telephone deals out there for as little as £6 a month.

Timebanking is a tool that can be used in a range of settings. People use timebanking 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
Timebanking 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 an individual

Many people to many people:
↣ A group organising an event in their neighbourhood.

If you join Timebanking UK we can set you up with our Time Online computer platform which has safeguarding features and lots of functionality. You can also suggest to time bank members that they access the platform from their devices and post offers and requests for other members to see. This way, your role need not be around arranging the exchanges, but reaching out and involving more local people. Read more about Time Online2 on our website.

Timebanking UK will also give you access to the Members Area on the website which is packed full of useful resources, policies and publicity templates. If it suits you then you could print out the paper time bank credits and give them to every new member as a thanks to coming by and joining up.