Portsmouth neighbours rewarded for helping out others

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PEOPLE are being rewarded for helping others as part of a new scheme.

For every hour a person spends helping someone, they get an hour of time in return in the form of a ‘time bank voucher’.

They can ‘spend’ this time voucher by asking for help with their everyday chores including ironing, gardening, reading to children, dog walking or food shopping.

The initiative – called ‘The Portsea Time Bank – was unveiled by Southern Housing Group at the John Pounds Centre, in Queen Street, Portsea. The housing group plans to offer the vouchers to people living in other parts of Portsmouth soon.

Kim Jakubiszyn, senior community regeneration officer at Southern Housing Group, said: ‘We are always looking at how we can best support our residents.

‘We see time banking as a great way to build local social networks of people who give and receive support from each other, enabling people from different backgrounds, who may not otherwise meet, to come together and form connections and friendships.’

Resident Vanessa Williams, who signed up to the timebank, said: ‘It’s a great way of bringing communities together. I look forward to giving something back.’