There are hundreds of time banks
all over the world and thousands
of people are discovering how
rewarding it is to introduce a bit of
give and take back into their lives.
Time banking is a tried and tested
way to build community, to support
neighbourliness and encourage
people to be more active citizens.
At a time bank everyone’s time is valued equally; one hour of sharing
skills or looking out for others is rewarded with one time credit, a community loyalty point. The time credits can then be spent,
when needed, on support from other
Up until now time banking has grown
through word of mouth and through
community groups and organisations
setting up time banks, often involving
large numbers of people.
This guide is an invitation to you and
your friends and neighbours to try
out neighbourhood time banking
It will be entirely up to you whether you
keep it ‘small and beautiful’ or expand into a more ‘formal and powerful’ time bank.
We suggest that you can easily run a time bank for up to 30 local people; if you want to grow any larger then it is sensible to set up a more formalised time bank.
Whatever you decide, we are here to
help you and please use this guide as your starting point.