The Hertsmere and St Albans Time Bank
The Hertsmere and St Albans Time Bank is now open for business! We’re seeking members from all walks of life who want to make the most of their spare time; sharing experiences with their community. The Time Bank exists to facilitate the exchange of the talents, skills, knowledge and most importantly the TIME people have, between individuals and groups in the local area.
Everyone has the ability to offer something which could be of benefit to others in the community - you help someone out and in turn you can receive help in kind from someone else to the value of the hours you log in The Bank.
We are extending this offer to our member organisations; you can join as a team and start earning hourly credits for the activities you take part in for the benefit of the community and use them towards getting help from Time Bank members when and where you need it. Your staff and volunteers can also join as individuals and, if they so wish – they can donate some of the time credits they earn to you to boost your balance!
Our Time Bank is open to individuals and groups across St Albans & Hertsmere NOW! Individual members must be over 18 years of age BUT children and young adults are welcome to join as part of a family, school or organisational membership. Under 18’s will only be able to take part in group exchanges with a responsible adult.
Sign up today and join our growing community of people who want to share their valuable time with you!
Communities 1st Timebank is a very flexible form of volunteering.
For every hour of help you give, you receive one credit. You then use these credits to ask for help in return with the things that you need. You can offer whatever skills or services you would like to share with others.
Everyone has something to offer and everyone’s time is valued equally. It is quite a simple idea – you become a member of Communities 1st Timebank, listing the services you are willing to provide for others.
You also list the tasks or services you would like some help with, we then match you up with another member.
You can volunteer for one person and receive help from someone different; you earn credits and spend them as you wish.
It’s like a form of trading and examples of trades can include:
- Doing a grocery shop
- Driving someone to an appointment
- Simple DIY such as painting a wall or putting up a shelf
- Cooking a meal
- Having a cup of tea and a chat!
Communities 1st Timebank is a way of promoting neighbourliness in the community. It is more difficult now to knock on a neighbour’s door and ask for a favour, or to offer help to someone down the road that you have known for years, because people don’t know their neighbours as well as they used to.
People are more likely to be out at work all day and families move a lot more than they used to, so there can often be a lack of community on an estate or along an urban street.
With an ageing population across Hertsmere, and St Albans and District and an increasing strain on social services for older people, community volunteering is becoming more important. Communities 1st Timebank offers a very adaptable form to suit individuals’ time and circumstances.
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For more information contact Tom on 020 3559 3559 or email Timebank@communities1st.org.uk