Join your Local Time Bank and Make a Difference in your Community… One Hour at a Time!
If you are looking for a flexible way of volunteering at times to suit you then why not consider joining your local Time Bank? Diane Johnson from Southend on Sea did just that. Diane responded to a request made by 85 year old Grace. Grace had contacted the Southend Timebank and told them how she had spent last Christmas in hospital and would really like a proper Christmas Dinner this year. Due to a broken hip, Grace had not been out of the house (apart from in hospital transport) for a long time and she explained that making Christmas dinner was difficult. The Southend Timebank registered Grace’s request and within days they had found a mother and daughter team (Diane and Yasmin) who were happy to make Grace’s wish come true.
Diane and Yasmin took Grace the full works! Turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, Yorkshire pudding, bread sauce, roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and Brussels sprouts!! They went back an hour later with Christmas pudding and cream with a cracker. Grace told the Southend Timebank that she was very pleased and enjoyed her dinner very much. Grace also went on to say that Diane even did the washing up afterwards which impressed her further! Diane and Grace are now firm friends and Diane will be continuing to visit Grace on a regular basis.
Time Banking is about people helping people, for every hour you help someone, you earn a credit which you can either use to ask someone to do something for you (exchanging skills), or you can donate into a community pot for people like Grace. It’s a lovely way to help out in your community at a time to suit you.
To find out more about Time Banking in your area contact your local Volunteer Centre