Give Where You Live is a volunteering scheme where people support each other with their skills using Time Banking. We all need support from someone else at some point in our lives and Time Banking is an innovative way of achieving this. It is a means of exchange where time is the currency. For every hour a participant ‘deposits’ in a Time Bank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time, no matter what we choose to exchange. For example, someone doing shopping for an elderly member then spends that time credit on getting somebody to cut their grass.
“I find it so much easier being able to have my ironing done now after the loss of my wife.”
“I have made new friends and built up a lot of confidence, now I run a karaoke night in the lounge every week to earn my time credits.”
“It’s a lovely feeling helping others.”
“I was able to visit my husband is hospital thanks to another member escorting me on and off the buses and accompanying me there and back.”
“Easy to get help if we need it.”
Give Where You Live is currently running from Cysgod y Gogarth in Llandudno and the Fron in Colwyn Bay, to include tenants from the surrounding areas and Abergele. A Kinmel Bay Give Where You Live scheme will be starting later in 2017.
For further information about these projects or any other interest you have in getting connected with your community, please contact Nerys Veldhuizen on 0300 124 0040.
Last modified on August 21st, 2018 at 9:17 am