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 https://audioboom.com/posts/5619134-settle-timebank or
click on the image below.
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
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
You don’t have to do direct swaps with people and this cartoon explains how
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
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 https://tol2.timebanking.org/settle/
or pop in to the hub for a chat during our drop-ins and we can sign you up.