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Attracting and signing up new members

Word of mouth is the best way to attract people to time banking and the best people to spread the news are people who are already involved. Encourage each other to speak to people, either one-to-one or in groups.

Stories about the ordinary everyday miracles that will go on in your time bank, told by the people themselves, will have most impact. Details of what people do when time banking and about what time banking means to them will connect with others in a powerful and real way.

Social events are vital to bring people together, to let others know what you are all doing and to celebrate your achievements. Taster events where people can try out the new skills on offer are always popular.

Publicity can help. Simple leaflets distributed through doctors’ surgeries, community centres and even your local hairdressers - anywhere where people naturally gather.

Local radio, newspapers and TV can help but always remember that when dealing with the media the control of what is broadcast is always in their hands. We have added a section in this guide on tips for dealing with the media.



Signing up new people is best done with a formal application process. We have examples of application forms people have used on our website - www.timebanking.org.

When you are neighbourhood time banking it is up to you if you want people to provide references. If people are going to spend any time unsupervised with children it may be wise to check if they have a criminal history. If you set yourself up as a formal time bank then you will have to do this and also consider taking out insurance. Again Time Banks UK can help you.

Introducing new people to the time banking system can be done one-to-one or in groups, by the key organiser or by a group of people who are already involved. People also like to have a simple ‘handbook’ stating what is expected of them and what they can expect from time banking. At all times you need to stress the importance to successful time banking of everyone both giving and receiving. Show new people a list of the services on offer and get them exchanging as soon as you can.



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