“Put an hour in – get an hour out”
The Devon Time initiative supports communities across Devon to set up and sustain co-produced community timebanks. Each branch is open to any member of the community – there is no specific recovery or treatment focus to this initiative. Devon Time is currently funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commission as part of their Deferred Charge Scheme Pilot. However, funding from a variety of sources is being sought to continue the Devon Time initiative following extremely high interest and popularity to date. At present there are two Devon Time branches: Hours2share (Bideford), One Ilfracombe (Ilfracombe).
What is Timebanking?
Timebanking is a whole community initiative in which members of the public, organisations and businesses offer to share time, talents, experience and assistance – supporting each other to make wishes achievable, enabling individuals and groups within our communities to build skills, connections and networks. Examples can range from help with shopping, decorating and IT to reading, dog walking and companionship.
Timebanking offers flexibility – you give as much time as you want to, when you want to.
Timebanking works with your strengths – offering what you enjoy, what you are good at and what you are skilled or experienced in means that your time is used doing things which make you and others in your community happy.
Timebanking makes friends – by offering your time to others, you get to know your neighbours and local community.
You get credit to spend – for each hour you give of your time you receive a time credit for an hour, which you can then spend on the time of someone else in your community.
If you are interested in being part of this community initiative, please complete the Devon Time Registration Form