We officially launched St Neots TimeBank in 2012 at an event in the Market Square, and we handed out forms looking for volunteers to help us grow. Two years on, and with support from Luminus Homes, CHS housing and the Town Council, we now have over 170 active members who exchange over 1,000 hours of their time each year, from IT help, stress counselling, reflexology, woodworking, gardening and much more.
We are still a small TimeBank, but we have done some great work already with the community. Our volunteers have helped people in the local area with small jobs and larger projects. We have given talks at community groups, helped to set up new TimeBanks in the area, represented TimeBank at the launch of Healthwatch, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough People’s Programme and Cambridge Alliance for Better Living, and the Better Health Network. We have also been invited to the Huntingdon Business Breakfast. Longsands and Ernulf Academies also helped to promote TimeBanking as it related to their curriculum programme.
We have been recognised by local organisations such as the Cambridge Rehabilitation Centre, Care Network, NHS, Headway, Illuminate and Adult Careers Service. But the icing on the cake was being recognised by TimeBanking UK who awarded us their charter mark. We were one of the first three out of their 306 TimeBank members to be awarded this.
We believe that everyone can benefit from TimeBanking and everyone has something to offer. Benefits range from creating friendships and goodwill and, of course, getting those niggling jobs sorted. Overall this works to creating a happier community. If you would like to be part of our team why not sign-up today?
Where do we cover?
Our volunteers cover a large area including most of St Neots and the PE19 postcode area.