Timebanking UK is a national charity (Charity No: 1101204) and limited company. We are the only membership organisation in the country to offer support, resources and inspiration to community time banks. We share our learning over the past 20 years to anyone interested in starting a time bank or to those who want to incorporate timebanking into organisations. We work alongside organisations and individuals in their local area providing operational support and clear guidance on involving people and creating mutual support networks in communities exchanging time rather than money.
Our mission is to ensure the contribution of all is valued equally giving people access to a wealth of resources from private, public and community sectors. Timebanking is a key mechanism to bring about change in public services at community level and between organisations.
Timebanking links people to share their time and skills. Everyone’s time is equal: one hour of help earns one time credit to spend when you need it. We operate with an asset-based philosophy that everyone has something to give to help another regardless of age, ability or background. Redefining work and creating support networks empowers those who have been defined as service users making them decision makers.
We work with community groups, time banks and community organisations to promote and support co-production and the development of timebanking. We also have a growing operational model where we employ individuals to set up, engage and grow time banks reaching the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in society. Refugees, those who are homeless, people with long term health conditions, those with high support needs and young people are all feeling the benefits of the timebanking mechanism. Working in local areas with stakeholders is essential for long term sustainability.