Category Archives: community

Timebanking on the radio

I was interviewed a while ago by a reporter from Stray FM about the Settle Timebank. I have blogged about this elsewhere but thought I’d post it here too as I will be talking more about community projects on this blog now.

Timebanking is a simple skill swap scheme and everyone’s time is equal. All sorts of jobs are done within the Timebank and most are simple ‘good neighbourly’ tasks like pet feeding, help with shopping, tiny sewing or DIY jobs, lifts, helping out at community events and workshops.

This interview was featured on the ‘Your County’ programme on Stray FM in association with North Yorkshire County Council and is available as a podcast. You can listen to the replay here or click on the image below.

Radio clip of Settle Timebank Interview on Stray FM

Settle Timebank

Our Timebank is a big part of what we do at the Settle Community and Business Hub that I run so thought I’d repost on here some Timebank blogs published elsewhere.

Timebanking UK are the national organisation supporting and training Timebanks and we work closely with them and are hoping to be involved in a Lottery funded project with them later in the year.

Timebanking is a skill swap scheme where everyone’s time is equal. Most things people do are ‘good neighbourly’ simple tasks and you don’t need any special skills to get involved. Whether you are helping someone with their shopping, feeding guinea pigs, assembling bookcases, delivering leaflets, gardening, helping out at community events or teaching an art class – you can earn credits for the time you spend doing these things. You can then spend your time credits on art classes, therapies, help with computers, talks and workshops and much more.

You don’t have to do direct swaps with people and this cartoon explains how it works.

The best schemes have a mix of individuals, businesses, charities, community groups and venues involved and that is what we are aiming for in Settle.

A very simple video from the Paxton Green Timebank below explaining how it all works.

We use a simple online system called Time Online 2 where you can see who is offering or wanting help, but if you don’t want to use that we can talk to you about what tasks are offered or needed. When you do a time trade you can fill in a paper slip, give it to us at the hub and we can add your hours to the system. 

To sign up you will need to give us some basic information like name, age, address and also provide email or phone numbers for two personal referees who have known you more than two years. You can register yourself at or pop in to the hub for a chat during our drop-ins and we can sign you up.

Community and Relationships

This is great short video from the Mental Health Foundation about why relationships and connections with those around you are important.

Relationships: the missing piece of the wellbeing puzzle

Simple stuff but it really is true. I am involved in various community projects and it is wonderful to see that sense of connection making such a difference to people’s lives.