TimeBank is a mechanism to enable people to share skills, knowledge and support across Hull and East Riding. Different from traditional volunteering, it is a system of reciprocal exchange, meaning you can share anything which can be measured with time and by doing so, earn time credits, which in turn enable you to claim those hours back from other members. You can find help to get something practical done (for example some DIY), learn a new skill or get some support.
TimeBank was set up in 2012 , at a point when austerity was really starting to impact on the city. It seemed like a practical way for people to be able to help each other. Through developing connections and sharing our talents and skills, this can generate abundant, sustainable, shared resources within the city.
The organisation facilitate group gatherings, workshops, festivals, feasts, music events and other activities. All of which enable members to come together, share and celebrate.
Having partnered with the Freedom Festival to create a feast for all they are currently delivering online workshops by members for members, picking up on interests and skills and sharing knowledge of particular subjects. There is an ongoing events programme for members, which is advertised in a newsletter and on social media streams. TimeBank host various sessions such as upcycling workshops delivered by members, showing others how to mend and make do, whilst also engaging creatively and learning new skills. These workshops are also an opportunity for members to socialise whilst also doing their bit to encourage recycling.
TimeBank hold informal drop-in coffee mornings on Wednesdays at 09.30am – 11am at the Marfleet centre and will be running a creative arts, cooking and feasting project for young people in the summer holidays. Timebank also runs repair workshops in Hull and Withernsea. These have enabled members to get together and develop social connections, whilst benefiting from repairing members’ IT equipment and other belongings.
Over the Covid lockdown they have developed and delivered a series of workshops and presentations. Again, these were delivered by and for members and, due to interest, Timebank will continue to offer and expand on sessions. Examples of sessions include drawing and painting, how to design a virtual gallery, Ukulele sessions for beginners and a presentation on film and its various applications across art, research and therapeutic spheres.
TimeBank are keen to spread the word about the wonderful ways of timebanking. They provide a unique mechanism for communities to interconnect and help one another and would love for people to get involved. So why not give a little time, receive a little back and get skilled and connected along the way!!
Esther Cawley on 01482 699041