Smartphone Thursday

Hear what Winnie learned today.........

"SMARTPHONE THURSDAY"

Helping older members of the Community with their Smartphones

Tea Dance 2012

Dancing, laughter and more...

Everyone had a brilliant time

Christmas Party 2011

Have a look at our little video of our party on Friday 13th Jan 2012...

Christmas 2010

Have a look at our video which was made at our Christmas Party

Our first West End Time Bank Video !!!

Members talking about their experiences

We recorded this video after we had been running for about nine months - hope you enjoy hearing about the experiences of different people who are involved

About us

The West End Time Bank received funding for its first year of operation in January 2009. Two time brokers were appointed in early January - Tracey Rivers and Margaret Bloomer.

The concept of Time Banking -

“I don’t suspect we will suddenly be inundated with a deluge of plumbers who’ll work for nothing” - I was addressing our members at the bimonthly meeting of the Soho Caring Agencies Forum and I wanted to adjust expectations about the functioning of a Time Bank. It isn’t about being able to afford very expensive or hard to come by goods and services but more about rebuilding communities and social capital. It is a way of valuing aspects of life which conventional money has long since forgotten – such as love, neighbourliness, caring and altruism.

Members joining the bank provide a list of what they can give and a list of what they need. This is entered on a central database and the Time Broker does the matching. It might be as simple as providing companionship for an older person who has earned time credits by doing some sewing or ironing. All services are valued equally so one hour spent putting up some shelves is valued exactly the same as an hour of legal advice. Criminal Records Bureau checks are carried out on members working with vulnerable adults or children and the time bank is required to carry its own public and employee liability insurance.

The development of the scheme is dependent upon the characteristics and needs of the community. As more and more people become involved then more importance is attached to time credits and they have the potential to be accepted by local businesses, councils and Housing Associations in exchange for goods and services."