Innovative time bank scheme to encourage Baffins community to help each other

Nicky Pybus time banking co-ordinator and daughter Rheya Pybus promoting the scheme at the Baffins community fun day
Nicky Pybus time banking co-ordinator and daughter Rheya Pybus promoting the scheme at the Baffins community fun day

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A reciprocating initiative is being launched later this month to get people in Baffins more engaged in their community and bring back traditional values of helping your neighbours.

The Love Baffins time bank is launching on August 23 at the Big Baffins picnic to support residents who want to donate their time to help others in their community.

Unlike traditional volunteering, 
participants will earn time credits for donating skills such as DIY, gardening and cooking.

For every hour of time they give to helping someone, they will receive one time credit, which they can then ‘spend’ when they need help from someone else.

Time bank coordinator Nicky Pybus said: ‘I always wanted to develop a time bank as part of Love Baffins but had no idea how much it would cost or how to go about it, so it went on the back-burner for a while.’

A few months ago Nicky noticed on the Portsmouth Together website that Timebanking UK was looking to set up a number of time banks in the area as part of Time for Portsmouth.

After being put in contact with Timebanking UK, they were offered a year’s free membership and training to support starting up a new time bank.

She said: ‘Baffins already has a real sense of community spirit and there are a lot of great things happening in the local area.

‘However, as in many areas, things tend to happen in isolation and our aim was to try to join things up, encourage people and organisations to share resources and do things together.

‘I applied for a Love Your Street grant because they help support local projects and it seemed to fit in well with their aims of connecting communities, bringing neighbours together and improving people’s health and well-being.

‘I think time banking will have a huge positive impact here, increasing the community spirit and making Baffins even better!’

To find out more about time banking across Portsmouth and how it works, visit volunteer.portsmouth.gov.uk.