Time Bank Plus groups provide a good opportunity for skills development as well as social contact. You can earn time credits by attending or volunteering with a Time Bank Plus group.
Groups we are currently involved with include an allotment group, a weekly gardening group, a weekly Food Co-op supplying fresh, locally grown vegetables, a Young Parents group and several Breastfeeding Peer Support groups. Ongoing groups include a guitar group, a crochet group, reminiscence group, book club, singing, DIY/decorating group, art (in both Twerton and Fox Hill), creative writing, website design and cookery classes.
From time to time we are also able to offer cycle maintenance, language exchange and other groups, depending on the skills and interests of our members. If you are interested in either attending or leading a group, please contact us.
Our members say:
"I suffer from ME and fibromyalgia, so am fairly housebound. I've been involved with Time Bank for 4 years, running two Knit & Natter groups in local sheltered housing. It's improved my confidence tremendously and I've made a lot of new friends. Both groups enjoy the Knit & Natter and very much look forward to it and enjoy the fact that they're making things that are going to be used in the community. In return, several of them have had help with their gardens, or with escorting to appointments and some have had escorts for shopping."
"I don't have a garden because I live above the shops. I share someone else's garden nearby, which I got through Time Bank. He's elderly and can no longer manage it himself. When I get a harvest, I can swap other veg at the Food Co-op with mine, which I love. I'm also involved in the Young Parents Group. Today, I was the only male there so I help by being a male role model for the kids, but I'm also a young parent as well."