A Time Bank for Wales? Workshop & Seminar update

Edgar Cahn and Chris Gray came over from the States to help with the Timebanking Workshop and follow-up Welsh Government Seminar – both cracking events with lots of enthusiasm, plentiful ideas and, most importantly, a pile of commitments to action.

These included one from us! We’ve offered to act as a central communications point for all this activity, and to share information about time-banking with our Networks. Here are some useful links

Spice is a UK-wide social enterprise originating in Wales that develops agency timebanking systems for communities and public services. The site includes links to evidence of the impact of time-banking, media coverage and new models for development.

 Time Banking Wales

Resources, contacts and extensive experience of time credits and their capacity to strengthen communities and transform the lives of individuals.

Lots of organisations have promised to spread the word about time banking – what it is, what it can achieve, and how it works. They include WLGA, WCVA, PHW (who will explain the principles and process to local health boards), Welsh NHS Federation and the Big Lottery who will work with Spice and WLGA to share this information as widely as possible.

Might be an idea to get together to produce a fact sheet + resources so that we are all using the most relevant and up-to-date information. Any offers of help with this?

In addition, there was a proposal of using Welsh Government staff  5 Volunteering Days for piloting time banking within the Welsh Government, the Chief Medical Officer will work closely with us to identify academic partners for time banking. Prof Edgar Cahn also suggested software for time banking could be tested in Wales.

 Look out for information about the Time-banking Conference which will be held in the new year to provide updates about the actions and move us one step closer to the Finance Secretary’s aspiration for a time bank for Wales.

 

Spice Time credits – an evaluation

Spice, the social enterprise dedicated to developing agency timebanking systems, has published a two year evaluation of their time credits model. Results suggest that time credits have a positive impact on individuals and communities with 65% of Spice members reporting that their quality of life has improved; 45% of people saying they feel healthier and 49% less isolated. The evaluation also found that time credits are an effective way of engaging new people in their communities and generating more active citizenship and participation, as well as helping to create a more regular and reliable volunteer base.

http://www.justaddspice.org/news/103-making-an-impact-spice-launches-evaluation-report.html

Co-producing healthy communities: the first steps (a report from Ely, Cardiff)

This report summarises the findings of a health design event run by Action Caerau Ely and Spice to engage community members in Ely, Cardiff, in the design of a healthy community. People shared their thoughts, feelings and ideas about things that they feel affect their health, barriers to accessing health related services and activities and ideas for improvements or innovations around the delivery of health services. Many of these are things which the community felt they can lead or play an active role in delivering. Since this event community members have become involved in a number of health initiatives including with working with the NHS to design a new NHS direct phone line service for Wales.