Attracting and signing up new members
Word of mouth is the best way to attract people to timebanking
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 timebanking and
about what timebanking 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.
Social Media is a fantastic way to involve and invite people
to join the time bank, attend events and update them with the
latest news. It is quick and instant giving notifications
immediately. Why not ask someone in the time bank to help you
with this in return for timebanking hours?
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 -
When you are neighbourhood timebanking 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 Timebanking UK can help
Introducing new people to the time bank can be done one-to-one
or in groups by existing time bank members. If you get too
many people asking ‘what is timebanking?’ then you could
always refer them to the monthly ‘Introduction to Timebanking’
events held by Timebanking UK which are free to attend. At all
times you should stress the importance of giving AND
receiving. Print out the latest offers and requests and show
all new members to encourage them to begin exchanging time as
soon as possible.