Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank
Update - Readying for Launch
Following recent publicity we now have sufficient members to launch. Download the recent Launch Update presentation below:
Timebanking Comes to Ampthill & Flitwick
A small group of Ampthill & Flitwick Residents interested in the concept of Timebanking have set up this Timebank for the local area.
Time banking is a currency that turns time into buying power. If you become a participant of a time bank, you earn credits for the time you spend helping other members of the scheme. One hour of service earns you one-time credit. With that credit, you can "buy" an hour of a particular service that you need from another member of the scheme.
If you don't need all the credits you earn, you can save them up, donate them to someone you know or give them back to the " time bank" so that the people who run the project can make sure the participants with the severest needs get all the help they require.
You can find out more about Timebanking at www.aftimebank.org.uk
Now is the time to join this exciting new initiative for the area. You can do so by either download the following documents:
Then once you've completed the two forms return them completed to:
Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank, c/o Flitwick Town Council, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Beds , MK45 1AH
Figure 1 - Ampthill & Flitwick Time & Talents Frontpage
Figure 2 - Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank Time & Talents Online Join up Form
Please note that two references will be required and that before you can be fully signed up as a new member a committee member will meet with you to fill out some additional forms and to take you through the process of timebanking.
Time & Talents Software Guides for Members
Although you can ring the coordinator of Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank to arrange exchanges, this can be done online and to assist we have created these handy guides that you can download:
- Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank - Joining Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank Online Guide
- Ampthill & Flitwick Timebank First Time User Guide
- Timebanking - A guide to Using Time & Talents
By signing up to Ampthill and Flitwick Timebank you must abide by our Code of Conduct. Please read this, as failure to abide by the Code could result in your membership being revoked:
What is the Aim of Timebanking?
The aim of timebanking is to encourage communities to come together and work together, bringing people from a range of backgrounds together in the community as equals, building trust between neighbours, using resources currently existing in the community.
What are the Benefits of Timebanking?
- Reducing social isolation and loneliness improves health and well-being, meeting people's needs and highlighting positive aspects of their lives.
- Sharing skills and resources and engaging with local services, provides an effective way of engaging communities; sharing skills and working in partnership.
- Ultimately, everyone feels valued and even those who may think they have little to offer will find that they have qualities, resources or skills that someone else needs.
What are the Core Values underpinning Timebanking?
There are five core values underpinning timebanking:
- People are assets - The real wealth of any society is its people; everyone has valuable experience, skills or connections to contribute to the well-being of others in their local community.
- Reciprocity - Communities thrive where people support each other; people feel happier about asking for help when they know they can pay back.
- Social networks - Helping each other through informal networks builds trust and support between people, opening up new opportunities and strengthening communities.
- Respect - Everyone, regardless of their situation, deserves respect. Communities are stronger when we all participate and feel valued.
- Valuing Work Differently - All work should be recognised and rewarded, whether it is paid or unpaid. Activities such as bringing up children, keeping communities safe, caring for people, making the planet more sustainable and making democracy work need to be more highly valued.
Illustrations of how Timebanking Works