Timebanking UK - NEWSFLASH! July 2015

I was very excited to be asked to join the TBUK board last year, having been involved in Timebanking locally for over ten years. Timebanking means so much to me – seeing everyone as equal, seeing people make links with one another, and communities working together to make things happen. It is great to be putting that into action at a different level and seeing what is happening nationally and internationally – what a fantastic thing to be a part of! 

As a member of the planning group, I am really enjoying being part of bringing all this together for the TBUK national conference (being held in Scotland for the first time in November). You can read more about the conference in this newsletter and we would also love your input! Is there a subject area you would like to explore in more depth or is there something you could offer – a talk, a workshop or just helping out at the event? If so, drop us an email at

This year we are excited to be holding the Timebanking UK conference in Stirling Court Hotel, Scotland.

A fantastic opportunity to meet with our colleagues and friends in the timebanking world and others who now realise that timebanking is the way forward! We have already had national, European and International interest and we are sure that this year will be a momentous occasion.

Already in the pipeline are loads of great workshops, discussions and speakers. By popular demand, this year we will have a brokers surgery for all those questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

There’s top entertainment on the Thursday evening and plenty of opportunity for networking.
We are now compiling the agenda and there is room for more! If you are interested in running a workshop, giving a presentation or helping in any other way we would be delighted to hear from you.

We still have sponsorship packages available – If you are an organisation that would like to support timebanking, why not sponsor the event? Click here for more information. 

Appeal to the Scottish network:
  • Are there are any members near Stirling who are attending and have a spare room that they could offer for credits?
  • We are also looking for transport from Edinburgh/Glasgow – any minibuses in the network that may be available?
  • • Have you knowledge of local B&B’s that our members could stay in?
Book by 31st August to save ££’s and ensure accommodation at the hotel.
Please click here for booking information.

If you have any queries regarding the conference or sponsorship please email or call 01453 750952

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We’ve had a great time meeting our membership at various network meetings this spring. In particular it was fantastic to cross the borders of England to Scotland and Wales where we were hosted in Stirling by the Scottish Wide Network and had the first ever Welsh Network recently in Llandrindod. We are encouraging the sharing of skills within the regional network meetings to enable members to give presentation or run workshops.

• Dementia awareness workshop
• Interactive Time & Talents Session
• Fundraising & Income generation
• How to get people to spend more credits
• Promoting timebanking with GPs
• Social enterprise models to support time banks

If you would like to contribute to your regional meeting by giving a presentation or running a workshop do get in touch. Timebanking UK is a member organisation and the skills you offer are the skills we can share with all our members UK wide. For more details, please email:

TBUK are starting a time bank!

You can earn credits for the hours you give to Timebanking UK!
We are gathering case studies to go into a publication which can be used to strengthen funding applications and promote the great outcomes that time banks achieve. If you are interested to be part of a case study publication do get in touch. Click here to download a template and here for a consent form for photography..

I will be visiting Northern Ireland in the Summer to find out more about how the time banks flourish there, most of the time banks in Ireland are volunteer run. Sinead based in Belfast and I are going to do a bit of joint work on the merits of volunteer run time banks so watch out for the next newsflash!

The last London Timebanking Network meeting was great and well attended. As is often the case, some London time banks were not represented. We understand it can be difficult for brokers to find time to attend among their other responsibilities and commitments. We would like to encourage brokers who cannot join us to try send a representative in their place. The best people are probably keen participants who want to be more involved or develop their knowledge.

In May, Peter delivered his first Time and Talents software training workshop. Feedback was good, so there will be at least two more sessions this year. If you are new to using TnT or have new administrators or participants that need training, please contact Peter and dates will be arranged to suit the majority.

The London Network continues to encourage Broker-to-Broker support done as a timebanking exchange and ‘inter-trading’ between participants at different time banks – all very easy to arrange and record on TnT. Peter still needs people to join his advisory group. If you are interested in supporting the London Network please email:

  • 28th July 2015 London Network Meeting (Central London, venue TBC )
  • 30th July 2015 Co-producing your time bank. Workshop. (10.00 - 13.00. The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ) Free to TBUK members
Please contact Peter to reserve your place for London network events

The Barnet Time Bank network continue to go from strength to strength. We are coming up to our first year at the Ten Grand Arcade, three unused shops which have ben taken over by the local Town Team. The time bank has a permanent home there in exchange for Time Bank hours – the power of TB hours at work! 

We have established great links with local organisations including Mencap, Age UK, JobCentre Plus, Barnet Homes and Mind. Swaps with these organisations have included; Thai cookery, life coaching, lifts in cars and art classes.

We are just about to start a project with Barnet Homes elderly sheltered accommodation scheme where residents timebanked their hours to campaign to get Wifi in their homes. This was successful and we now have timebanker led IT lessons planned. We are also in the process of agreeing with a major leisure provider that time bank members can swap their hour for gym and swimming time. Loads has happened in the first year, can’t wait for the next one!

Lex Karlin

The Time for Portsmouth Network is underway,

Timebanking UK documentation has been amended to fit our network and agreement from partners is almost complete. Part of the remit for this project is to integrate service families with the local community so some of our first time banks will be in areas with MOD housing. Week commencing 8th June sees our first time bank being set up in Hilsea, with plans for Eastney, Drayton and Farlington, Fratton and Paulsgrove to follow. Exciting times in Portsmouth.

Sylvia Hutchins –
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- New Trustee
- Welcome New Members
- National Conference
   - book now!
- Quality Mark
- Time and Talents
- Members Area Update
- DBS Update
- Regional Round Up
  New TBUK TimeBank
  London Network
  Barnet Network
  Surrey Network
  Portsmouth Network
- Broker Training
- Mum + Business

Download case study template here
Download photography consent here
Welcome to our New Members

• East Ayrshire Council
• Scotswood Area Strategy
• Love Baffins
• East Herts Time Bank
• Leeds Christian      
  Community Trust
• 1GoodTurn
• Kinr0ss-shire Time
• Bradford Community
  Environment Project
• Skills2Exchange,
  Partnership Council
• University of East London

Congratations to two more timebanks who have achieved the TBUK Quality Mark.

•    Annandale and Eskdale
•    Give and Take Time,

Read their responses here

Time and Talents
Basic TnT:
Wednesday 15th July 13.30
Advanced TnT Administrator:
Wednesday 22nd July - 13:30
If there is enough interest during the school holiday period, we can run another set during the month of August – Let Ian know.

We have now produced some Time and Talents members handbooks available on the members area of the website.

Members Area

In the near future, the Members Section of our website will be having the builders in, as we are going to be revamping and improving things. Our aim is to make the section more user-friendly, with more functionality to use. Current access will not be interrupted.

TBUK members using Time Online can login to this area using the same details.
TBUK members using Time and Talents will have been issued a username and password.
If you have any problems logging in, please contact Ian. or telephone 01453 750952

The DBS application forms Form Ref (top right hand side of applications) should now begin with F01.

Please destroy all forms beginning with F00 as they are no longer accepted by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Broker Training


Friday 17th July 20159.30am - 4.30pm

Only a few places left.

For bookings please contact:

New Partnership –
Mum Plus Business

Mum Plus Business is a leading company with a social aim – helping women of all backgrounds and levels of experience develop flexible careers. They offer a supportive network with a strong focus on collaboration and mutual support, business resources and a job board dedicated to flexible work opportunities.

Looking to recruit flexible employees? Mum Plus Business offers all Timebanking Members a 10% discount on advertising and membership fees.

For more information call:
020 30869822 or visit:

Timebanking UK and Surrey County Council 

are working together to coproduce the Surrey Time Banking Network. Since March we have delivered 10 information sessions about timebanking, and given many presentations to groups, gathering allies along the way. We are working to get young people, older people, businesses and charities involved.

If you live or work in Surrey please get in contact and you can play your part in helping to form the Surrey Time Banking Network and build relationships and community in Surrey.

Angela Butcher –
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