Southampton Timebank events give opportunity to bring the community together

Learn how to exchange your skills and experience at two drop-in events

Southampton Timebank will be celebrating National Timebank Day, with two events to encourage local people to donate their time and skills to others, in exchange for help in return.

Timebanking is an exchange of skills and experience, trading your skills for someone else’s in order to get a job done. It is an exchange of time, an hour for an hour.

Residents can volunteer their time however they like, doing whatever they enjoy - from gardening to baking, and ironing to dog walking. It’s a great way to come together with others to exchange skills and meet new people. Everyone’s contribution is welcomed and everyone’s skills are valued equally – one hour always equals one Time Credit, regardless of the type of transaction.

The benefits of Timebanking to an individual can be vast. It can help some of the most marginalised people feel a sense of self-worth or belonging. It can also help to build strong communities and social support networks, by bringing people together from different backgrounds, who may not otherwise meet. Generating social circles in this way can support health, wellbeing and resilience, all of which can prevent needs arising. Examples of support which the network provides includes ensuring older people receive nutritional food and are able to eat regularly and providing a ‘circle of support’ for adults that may be socially isolated.

As it is National Timebank Day on Friday 12 July, Southampton Timebank will be celebrating over the coming weeks with two drop-in events to help provide more information to those that might be interested in participating. Attendees of both events will be entered into a free prize draw to win toiletries, puzzles, wine and more.

Timebank Meet and Greet - Friday 12 July, Midday to 3pm

Brunch & Barista, Above Bar Street

An opportunity to meet with fellow Timebank members in a non-pressurised environment.

Timebank Questions Answered - Monday 15 July, 11.30am to 2.30pm

Southampton Civic Centre Foyer

Meet with Southampton Timebank representatives to answer your questions and get further information.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Adult Care, is a big supporter of the scheme. She said: “I’d encourage more residents to join the Timebank, it really is a great opportunity to meet people, make friends and get help with the jobs you’re less keen on and help others with the ones you are. People can gain valuable work experience and help a worthy cause. For some senior citizens it already offers a social network, a sense of engagement and the knowledge that they make a valuable contribution to the community.

"Everyone is good at something and the more people who join, the greater the resource the Timebank has to offer.”

For more information about Southampton Timebank contact or visit the Southampton Timebanks website.