You have probably seen examples of the help that Timebank members ask for in our Newsletters and emails. In fact, it is always worth asking, no matter how strange a request, as we have even sewn lights on a jumper for an event and knitted a Doctor Who scarf. Usually someone will help. Most importantly, you also need to ask for help as well or Timebanking doesn’t work.
Time Credit systems work on a simple hour-for-hour basis: for every hour you give helping someone in your community you can either use that hour to get help yourself from another Timebanker, or you can exchange it for a Time Credit note, which you can then spend on an activity of your choice.
One Time Credit note is equal to an hour of your time given. You earn an hour helping someone and then you can exchange that hour for a Time Credit which you can spend on an activity of your choice from a range of partners, they never expire and they are a gift to you for helping the community.
You can spend your Time Credits with a diverse range of fantastic partners across the UK who offer everything from swimming, to cinema entry, or to learning a language. Plus, carers or support workers are given free 2-4-1 entry when they accompany anyone who has earned Time Credits and needs a bit of extra assistance (Please call the relevant venue before visiting, they will be happy to help).
There are catalogues featuring the areas of the country where Time Credits are accepted and can be exchanged. First, decide which area you wish to visit (you don’t have to stick to the East of England, being our local area). Other areas accepting Time Credits are: London & the South East, North West England, South West England, South East Wales and North West Wales. Please contact the co-ordinator and a relevant copy can be emailed to you.
Venues include an assortment of entertainment and leisure: Art, Theatre & Music, Culture & History. Learning & Skills, Play & Recreation, Health & Wellbeing, Leisure & Sport, Trips and Events. See www.timecredits.com
The coordinator can also give you an update of how many hours you have available to exchange.
Visitors to the Museum of London will soon be able to spot a Time Credit in the shiny cabinets as our London notes are set to go on museum display for the first time!
Time Credits have been selected to feature in “(Un)Common Currency”: a new display which explores alternative currencies past and present. Alongside Time Credits will be tokens, coins and notes from many London communities, including 17th Century trade tokens, the Bristol Pound and even tokens made of boiled leather.
Travel with Time Credits!
From Blackpool Tower to Cardiff Millennium Centre
Did you know – as well as spending locally in the East of England, you can also spend your Time Credits wherever we have Spend Partners in England and Wales. So next time you are visiting family or planning a trip away check out our brochures online here to see where Time Credits can take you.
How far will you go? Let us know!
Hours can be exchanged from 1 to 10 a month. Just contact the co-ordinator.
We love hearing about your experiences spending your Time Credits, so please tell us.
A New Sport ‘Footgolf’ at St Neots Golf club
Footgolf is a new sport which whilst follows the rules of golf, substitutes a football and footballing skills for a golfball and swing (and yes the holes are bigger)! The footgolf course is now a permanent fixture next to the Huntingdonshire par three course and is open to the public to try. Just bring along a football or hire one from the golf shop for a £5 deposit and have a go! The next competition day is taking place on the 5th May.
Adult Learning and Skills St Ives, in partnership with St Ivo School. You can now register to take any of their incredible array of courses for Time Credits! So if you’re keen to improve your IT skills, learn to cook, or even take up a new language – take advantage. www.stivoschool.org
Adult Learning and Skills
In partnership with St Ivo School, you can now register to take any of their incredible array of courses and pay with Time Credits! So if you’re keen to improve your IT skills, learn to cook, or even take up a new language, take advantage.
Wyboston Leisure Centre
Down at beautiful Wyboston Lakes, you’ll find 1Life’s Wyboston Lakes Health and Leisure Club. A stunning facility with swimming, saunas and fitness classes galore and now you can spend an hour on access to ANY of their facilities for 1 Time Credit.
The Little Vintage Studio/ Beautiful Swagger
Beautiful Swagger is for all those budding crafters among you, this one is an amazing offer! From February you’ll be able to access weekly crafting workshops at The Little Vintage Studio in St Neots (run by the lovely Babs at Beautiful Swagger). There will also be places available on their monthly crocheting workshops, so if the new year’s resolution is to start a new hobby, why not pick up some needles and yarn to give it a go? Swap an hour or two for Time vouchers and enjoy this one.
Timecredits are putting the finishing touches to the offer from the wonderful people at CCC’s in Cambridge, March and Huntingdon, where you’ll be able to rent games, event equipment and more….even a professional popcorn maker for all those community film nights! Could you get a cooler way to spend some time?! Check social media to see when we start up and start thinking of some great event ideas!
Cambridge Corn Exchange
2016 will see us partnering with Cambridge Live Trust, the charitable trust now running the city’s great entertainment venues. They will be offering tickets to selected shows at the Cambridge Corn Exchange for Time Credit members! You know the drill – you’ll find all this exciting info first on our FB page so sign up to keep up!
One Leisure are active and you can now spend 1 Time Credit swimming, hiring a badminton or squash court at selected times, kids can play in Leo’s Fun Zone softplay centre or you can even enjoy the steam room. How’s that for relaxing after all that volunteering?
At One Leisure, St Neots only at the moment:
RightStart 5 A fun social class with light to moderate exercise based around circuit stations to help improve flexibility, strength and stamina. Every Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30pm. 1 Time Credit = 1 session
Cyclone Start-Up Do you have a medical condition, are new to exercise or require extra support to start indoor cycling? Then this session is for you. Every Tuesday 10:30 – 11:30am. 1 Time Credit = 1 session.
New participants please contact their sports development team on 01480 387047.
St Neots Museum
St Neots Museum is a lively local museum telling the story of our busy market town on the River Ouse, from prehistoric times to the present day. Their displays tell our story with a fascinating selection of photographs, objects and hands-on activities.
The museum is housed in the towns Victorian Police Station and Magistrates Court and they have a regular programme of temporary exhibitions, family activities and special events. They have a thriving volunteer programme which you can get involved with too. One Time Credit to visit the museum (for non-locals) or for a child entry to a Family Activity (one per family).