First set up in 2012 by the Gloucester-based time bank Fair Shares, Stratford Time Bank is now run by a community interest organisation, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
Thanks to funding from Orbit Housing, we employ a part-time Time Broker, Sarah Coxall, to organise the Time Bank and develop its activities across Stratford-on-Avon district. Stratford Time Bank now has nearly 250 individual members and 20 organisational members who have contributed over 6,000 hours of community and neighbourly help over the past three years.
If you are already a member of the Time Bank, click here to gain access to your account.
If you’re not yet a member, then why not consider joining? Click here to apply. There’s no cost or fee!
All face-to-face exchanges and social activities are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. But our befriending scheme has expanded to enable more members to stay in tough with others by phone or e-mail, and we are also running online social get-togethers. We are still joining up new members, though offers and activities will remain limited during coronavirus lockdown.
We are grateful to Heart of England Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Resilience Fund for financial support during this period. You can find out more about the Fund and how you can donate to it here.
What is a time bank?
Time banks reward people for the ordinary, neighbourly help they give to those around them. For every hour that a person gives to helping someone, or doing community work, they earn one ‘time credit’ which can then be spent receiving an hour’s help in return. One hour’s help given equals one hour’s help received, no matter what the task. Everyone’s time is valued equally and everyone can give to and benefit from the scheme.
Here in Stratford-on-Avon district, the Time Bank also runs a number of schemes to reduce social isolation and loneliness, putting people in touch with others and giving them greater involvement in their local community.
Find out more
To find out more about Stratford Time Bank, phone 07419 373680, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Stratford Time Bank, c/o 108 Shipston Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LR.
Or come to Stratford Quakers Meeting House, 37 Maidenhead Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6XT any time between 11.00 and 12.30 on the third Friday of every month to meet others involved in the Time Bank and to find out more for yourself.