Timebank Relaunch – BognorRegisPost Article

Timebank Aldingbourne Trust

TIMEBANKING is being re-launched in Bognor Regis. The way of people sharing skills with others in their community and be rewarded with it by hours and minutes is the subject of a special evening next week. The Aldingbourne Trust, which manages the initiative in the town, is hosting the session from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday at its premises of Number 73 in Aldwick Road. The evening will be based on a speed dating theme where individuals will be paired up briefly to share what skills they have and what skills they are looking for. Each discussion will be strictly timed before a bell sounds and individuals move on to the next table. The idea is to meet as many people and make as many connections as possible. Existing timebank members will be welcome as well as anyone who is interested in finding out more. Refreshments will also be available. Since the trust has taken control of the project, 34 people have joined the timebank in Bognor Regis and more than 350 hours have been exchanged. Lisa Palmer, the trust’s community solutions manager, said: “Timebanking is a great way to meet people and make friends. “It is about giving and receiving, so everyone benefits. Everyone’s time is equal and everyone can contribute. It’s very inclusive. “This evening event aims to get time banking back on track and raise community awareness of a really beneficial community initiative.” For every hour a person gives to the timebank providing a service for another participant, they will receive one time credit. That can be exchanged when they need something from another member. The scheme is free to join and does not affect benefits. There is no regular commitment, most timebank exchanges are one-offs and provide the support that money often can’t buy. The exchanges that can happen include gardening, teaching knitting, computer help, budgeting help, lifts to appointments, cake baking, taking items to the tip, car washing or simply having a cup of coffee and a chat.