Opening up and involving sympathetic
partners and fi nding worthwhile projects
to take on will make your time bank more
stimulating and more fun for everyone.
For example, local schools, youth clubs and
colleges always need extra help and are
a great source of projects for your people
to take on. Young people are drawn to
time banking and love the chance to make
a real difference to people living in their
Incentives to keep people involved are a
good idea. Local businesses will be keen
to improve their reputation by offering
discounts on goods and services to people
who are helping others in the community.
Council facilities, like leisure centres and
swimming pools, will often have slack
periods and offer discounts; likewise,
cafés, cinemas and theatres.
Environmental projects are now very
popular. Specific, short-term pieces of
work, like recycling or clean ups are always
needed. These can be really rewarding and
bring you into contact with a whole range
of new people.
Ask people what they think needs doing
and what they want to change and set up
work parties to take it on. Remember that
relationship building is your main focus.
Bring all types of people together for these
groups. You will never be able to predict
who will get along, you will have plenty
of surprises but you will be building
Go where the energy is and avoid
boring meetings that are often mistaken
for community work. There are more than
enough people having meetings -
time banking is about doing stuff.