As your time bank grows and becomes more successful you might
need to think about employing a paid time broker who is
responsible for organising all the matches and skills
exchanges, the general administration and health and safety
issues. This is a more formal set up and these kinds of time
banks are usually funded by charitable grants so the time
broker can be employed on a full- or part-time basis. They can
be located in their own premises or within another
organisation like a school, housing association or doctor’s
The role of the time broker:
The time broker can use the specially designed computer
software called Time Online (available from Timebanking UK) to
log all the exchanges. They manages practicalities such as
insurance, health and safety, references and other checks.
Timebanking UK offer lots of training modules on the role of
the broker and how to share the load with time bank members
who can earn hours for the time they help the broker. It can
be easy for a broker to unwittingly become a gatekeeper by
doing everything which puts the time bank at risk if that
person leaves or if the funding stops to pay the salary.
Coproducing the time bank and sharing the tasks is another
training module Timebanking UK offer.
A friendly local face who knows all the members personally.
Someone people feel comfortable asking for help.
Knows the local area and the skills and interests of the
Keeps the exchanges moving and co-ordinates the time bank.
Recruits new people and takes up references.
Responsible for bringing people together and organising
Follows up exchanges to see that all went well.
Helps organise and produce publicity - leaflets, newsletters,
website - to promote the time bank, gives talks and
Is the link between the local time bank and the bigger
regional and national networks of the timebanking movement.
Links with other local organisations and businesses to get
them to join the time bank.
Can organise training for members using the skills available
in the time bank.