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.
Click here for a PDF page of time credits
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.
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.