Tag: time credits

Being present makes a contribution

There once was a community centre with an evening class led by a woman who would be on her own to arrive, unlock and set up and the same for when she closed the centre. In the winter when it got cold and dark, she didn’t feel comfortable doing it on her own. A volunteer from a local time credit scheme gave their time to be present when she was there to unlock and lock […]


Video About timebanking by Transition Times (4’51)   The new wealth of time: how timebanking helps people build better public services This 2008 new economics foundation (nef) report introduces a useful typology of time-banking and develops the case for time-banking as part of the new paradigm for public services. It includes a case study section on the use of time banks in improving mental health. https://neweconomics.org/2008/03/new-wealth-time   We are collating the information for this section – […]

Real lives – co-pro stories

A highlight of the recent (and excellent) 2014 Community Currencies conference hosted by Spice was the number of presentations by citizens. One of those presentations was by Derek Hermann – an inspirational young man whose story demonstrates both the limitations of a purely medical model of health, and the powerful connection between wellbeing and the opportunity to make a contribution to the lives of others. Here’s his story, as he stood up to tell it […]

Spice evaluation of time credits impact (2014)

This is the Spice evaluation of the impact of co-production across a range of time-credit initiatives in England and Wales: over 1300 people participated during a two-year period. Given that time credits are referenced in the Social Services & Wellbeing Act and in Prudent Healthcare as a key approach to co-produced and citizen-led services, this report couldn’t be more timely. Headline figures are impressive: 65% of participants said that their quality of life had improved; […]

Ely Caerau Community Mothers

Cheryl Hughes and the Ely time credits Cheryl is in her mid-40s and is from Ely, a large housing estate on the outskirts of Cardiff. She comes from a large family and has 3 children, the youngest of whom are now teenagers. She has never worked as her priority was to give her children a good upbringing. Cheryl first became involved with the Ely time credits project by taking part in some local community cleanup […]