How Timebanking Works
SIX EASY STEPS
People list the skills and experience which they can offer and
those that they may need.
Everyone’s skills are valued equally - one hour always equals
one timebanking hour.
Everyone agrees to both give and to receive help, to earn and
to spend their timebanking hours.
A record is kept of all the timebanking hours earned and
spent, ideally on computer using the ‘Time Online’ system.
Everyone is encouraged to spend their timebanking hours to
allow others the chance to make a difference and feel needed.
Remember that you can save, spend or gift your timebanking
hours to another person, group or give them to the time bank
The more people share their time and skills, the healthier and
happier your neighbourhood will become. With timebanking, everyday
acts of kindness are recognised as the important contribution they
are to everyone’s wellbeing.
Timebanking is a proven framework for people to connect with each
other, to forge new friendships and relationships. Everyone can
chip in what they can, when they can and be valued for the
contributions they make.
We have found that at first many people do not appreciate that
they have skills that will be of value to others. We devised a
skills and needs questionnaire
(see next sheet)
to overcome this and if you sit down and go through it with them,
people soon understand that they have a lot to offer.
Feel free to adapt it and use it to unlock the rich supply of
time, skills and experience that are already there in your local
area just waiting to be put to good use. There are no limits to
what you can achieve together.