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Two new part-time staff have joined the small community team at Woolmer Forest Timebank in Whitehill & Bordon. Helen Mellows and Rachel Taylor will be working as Timebank Co-ordinators as part of a job share. They will be expanding and developing the existing Timebank using funding received from the National Lottery. A Timebank Co-ordinator helps members to recognise the skills they have, find the support they need and follow procedures to keep everyone safe, as well as co-ordinate activities and encourage new people to get involved.
Timebank members help each other out and earn time credits in return. These can be “spent” on themselves or donated to a community pot to help others. Timebanking enables people to give as well as to receive. “You need me” becomes “We need each other”.
For example Sandra does some shopping for Dennis and earns an hour’s time credit. She uses it to ask Ling to explain how to download apps on her smartphone. The possibilities are endless. All the offers and requests available are promoted on the Timebank website, at Timebank meetings and in regular newsletters.
Helen Mellows (L) and Rachel Taylor (R)
“I am really looking forward to this opportunity to reach out and encourage people to do something new or different especially during these unusual times,” said Helen Mellows. “I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the members of Woolmer Forest Timebank both virtually and in person.”
“I am passionate about local communities working together,” said Rachel Taylor, ”and I am excited about this new role within the Timebank. I am looking forward to encouraging people to join this friendly group and helping them to make a real difference in our community.”
The Woolmer Forest Timebank is managed by the charity Community First and supported by 7 partner organisations – Furniture Helpline, Kingsley Organisation, Nextdoor Whitehill & Bordon, Radian, Whitehill & Bordon Community Association, Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust and Timebanking UK.