Welcome to Houghton & Wyton Timebank's website, here you will find lots of upcoming information about events and ways to get involved with the Timebank. We are passionate about volunteering and spend our time engaging with the community and other local organisations offering support to everyone. Members ages range from 6-96 and with over 150 members who support each other, our exchanges range from simple DIY to prescription collection and much much more. To find out more check out the upcoming events on the calendar page and get involved. Scroll down the page to find out more information about how you can get involved.
Our members help us decide what to do and how we can help over the past year we have run some of the following community events with members of all ages getting involved.
Below are some images of some of the events that took place this year.
Houghton & Wyton Timebank is pleased to announce we have successfully been awarded funding from Cambridgeshire County Council's Innovate and Cultivate Fund. This funding will ensure the continued success of the Timebank and working with the Parish Council whom have match funded the grant. We also were lucky enough to be selected for the Tesco bags of help scheme earlier this year raising £2,000 for the Timebank. every penny raised helps us to continue our work in the community supporting our vulnerable and elderly members.
The Timebank has lots of plans for the coming year ahead and will be working with all areas of the community to offer opportunities to share skills and give time to each other. We are very excited for the future and welcome your ideas and feedback on how the Timebank could improve or areas we could develop. And if you have an idea please share it with us. Drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/houghtonandwytontimebank/
Loneliness is a huge problem for many people and Cambridgeshire County Council have launched a campaign called #50,000 reasons to highlight the issue affecting 50,000 people over 65 in Cambridgeshire and Perterborough. At Houghton and Wyton Timebank we are commited to offering support to all our members and helping those who may be affected by loneliness. Please take a minute to read ways you can help and visit the CCC website for more ideas and videos.
We are also aware that loneliness can affect anyone at any age and the effects of loneliness can be devestating, There are 50,000 people over the age of 65 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be at risk of loneliness. Many older people can go a month or more without talking to a friend, family member or neighbour. Loneliness and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.Together we can help end lonelines. Small things you can do to help, older people in Cambridgeshire have told us that a smile, wave, or hello from another person, can make all the difference. It only takes a few seconds to help someone feel less isolated.
Vickie Graham Houghton & Wyton Timebank Co-ordinator
A Time Bank is a fantastic way to meet new people and get involved in the community. We offer oportunities for all age groups to get involved and by giving your time to others you can support your community. Not sure if you have a skill to give give the Time Broker Vickie Graham a call to find out more.
What is the Time Bank?
It is a way for people to help others in their community and be rewarded for it – in time. For every hour of time you give helping someone, you receive one time credit. The Time Bank will also be running fun, free activities in partnership with the local community. There are many ways you can help or get involved and there are also many ways you can receive help.
The list is endless and our amazing members always come up with wonderful requests and offer so much time to each other.
What can you do with your time credits?
You can ‘spend’ your time credits when you need help from someone else. You can give them to another person who needs some help. Or you can save them to use.
Who can join the Time Bank?
Age, ability, lack of finance or limited mobility are not barriers to participating in the time bank. Look inside for the ways in which you can get involved.
Check out the link below to find out more about Time Banking.
Want to find out more information........
Contact: Vickie Graham Houghton & Wyton Time Bank Co-ordinator
St Mary's Centre, Chapel Lane, Houghton, PE28 2AW
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday's 9.30am - 12.30pm