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We are a small, friendly organisation which offers people in Bath and surrounding areas opportunities for volunteering and involvement in their local community through an exchange of time and services. Whatever you can offer, whatever you need, everyone's time is valued equally. For each hour you spend helping someone else, you receive a time credit, which can be exchanged for a service or activity you would like, or donated to someone else in need.

Our members are involved in many different ways - whether it's help with gardening or simple DIY, assisting at our Food Co-op, attending art classes or football sessions, escorting a disabled person to a health appointment, knitting for charity, leading a group, offering lifts, baking a cake, learning guitar or cookery, helping at the office or giving computer advice, your imagination is the limit!

Volunteering with Time Bank Plus is an excellent way to develop your skills and confidence, make new friends, help you into employment or simply to become more involved in your local community. Everyone is welcome to join us, regardless of age, health or ability - we firmly believe that everyone has something to offer, please see our skills questionnaire for ideas.

Our office is open 10 - 4.00pm, Mondays to Wednesdays at 86 High Street, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1DE. For further information, call in to our office, ring us on 01225 442813, click on our contact page or email us at timebankplus@googlemail.com.

Time Bank Plus is an independent voluntary sector charity, working in association with Time Banking UK and is supported by funding from  St John's HospitalRoper Rhodes, CuroChrysalis, Bath & West Community Energy, People's Postcode Lottery, Wessex Water and Quartet Community Foundation.

You are invited to our Summer Social, which is an opportunity to say a Big Thank You to everyone who’s been involved with the Time Bank over the past year. We’d like to invite you for a delicious Indian meal & evening social with quiz & games. You are very welcome to bring family or a friend.

It’s on Friday 18th August from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Quebec Community Room, Dominion Road, BA2 1DJ (just behind the Time Bank office). Please let us know if you need (or can offer) a lift. It’s OK to just turn up if you’re not sure beforehand, but if possible we’d like to know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. You can email timebankplus@googlemail.com or ring us on 01225 442813.

A Repair Café is a free drop-in session where you can bring along an item that needs mending or servicing. It could be an item of clothing that needs alteration or mending, a bike in need of servicing, an electrical appliance which needs repair or PAT testing or a tool in need of sharpening.  A team of volunteers will be on hand to repair the item or advise on what needs doing.

We will be hosting Repair Cafe's at our centre in Twerton High Street, on the first Saturday of the month, from 10am -12.30pm, starting on 3rd June 2017. Hot drinks and home-made cake will also be available to buy. Please do come along with your items in need of repair or servicing. This is a free service, open to everyone.

Bath Borrow It is a new project which we are setting up thanks to funding from Bath & West Community Energy.

Borrow It will offer people in B&NES the opportunity to borrow a range of useful items which are needed only for occasional use, such as tools, household and gardening equipment, catering utensils, camping items, children & baby equipment, etc – it could be anything from a hedge trimmer to a sewing machine, a gazebo or a chocolate fountain!

Did you know that the average drill is only used for 13 minutes during its entire lifetime? The Borrow It project will provide a way to reduce waste and clutter, make better use of resources and help people to save money.”

The Borrow It ‘store’ will be located at the Time Bank centre in Twerton High Street and will be open on Mondays 10am - 4pm and Wednesdays 10am - 7pm. People wishing to borrow items will need to register with the project and are asked for a small donation towards costs (eg 50p or £1).

We are looking for donations of items to stock the Borrow It ‘store’.  Alternatively please let us know if you would like to offer a ‘virtual’ contribution to the project, ie loan of an item which you will continue to own and keep at your own home.

Here is our wish list of useful items we are currently looking for (click on it to read).

WishlistPlease contact us on 01225 442813 or email timebankplus@googlemail.com if you are able to help. Many thanks.

Here’s some truly exciting news! We’ve been working with Bath City Football Club to arrange a community showing of Ken Loach’s new film‘I, Daniel Blake’.  It’s a fantastic film, which won the Palme D’Or for best film at Cannes Film Festival this year, and what’s more, Ken Loach will be coming along himself to answer your questions after the showing. The screening will take place on Thursday 8th December at 7pm and will be at Randall’s Bar, Twerton Park (BA2 1DB).

Tickets will be priced at £2 for people on benefits or a low income. Others will pay £10 or £20 for a ‘solidarity’ ticket. Tickets are available from the Time Bank office, or they can also be bought from the Football Club or the Little Theatre. They can also be booked and paid for online through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-screening-of-i-daniel-blake-and-qa-with-director-ken-loach-tickets-29332359878

i-daniel-posterWe expect that tickets will sell out fast, so please book yours as soon as possible. If you fail to get a ticket let us know, as we will be keeping a waiting list. You could also try just turning up on the night, in case of last minute cancellations.

The film tells the story of 2 ordinary people - a carpenter who has become disabled following a heart attack, and a single mum with 2 young children - and their struggles with the welfare system in Britain today. Here is a link to the trailer: https://www.theguardian.com/film/video/2016/jun/15/i-daniel-blake-trailer-ken-loach-palme-dor-winner-video

 

LATEST NEWS

Ken Loach has now confirmed that he will be on our panel of judges. He joins Grenville Jones, the Mayor of Bath Cllr Paul Crossley and other local personalities who will be attending on Sat 9th July.

We are delighted with the response from local people of all ages and the fabulous array of performers who will take part. Please come and join us for some or all of the day. Here is the full programme:

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Our new Afternoon Tea sessions are launching on Tuesday 14th June. This is part of our cafe for over 50s at Rose Cottage on Twerton High Street, which run every Tuesday from 12 noon serving bacon butties, home made soup and more.

The afternoon teas will be available from 2.30pm to 4pm. We will be providing a free cream tea to everyone that comes to the launch on Tuesday 14th June.

We're also planning to provide some activities at Rose Cottage while the afternoon teas are on which people can take part in if they'd like to. At the launch we'll be asking what people would like. Some ideas so far are: book group, crafts, quizzes and memories sessions.

Don't miss the launch and the cream tea on Tuesday 14th June!

'Twerton's Got Talent' will take place on Saturday 9th July 2016 at Bath City Football Club, Twerton, from 10am to 7pm. The event will celebrate the creativity, skills and talents of a wide range of people who live or have connections with Twerton, Whiteway and Southdown.

Over the past few months, we've been busy getting together with loads of different groups and agencies, like schools, youth hubs, arts projects and community groups, to involve local people of all ages, cultures and abilities.

Registration for Twerton's got Talent is now complete and we are delighted to announce that we have a fantastic array of performers of all ages signed up, as well as many great displays. Here are some talented young performers, from auditions at Twerton Infants School for the under 7's category.

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Entry to Twerton's got Talent is free on the door (space permitting), but to help us with numbers we are asking people to book their place in advance. Everyone booking in advance will receive a free prize raffle ticket.

For further information or to book your place, please ring Time Bank Plus on 01225 442813 or email timebankplus@googlemail.com

Twerton Singers is a new, free 'Pop Up' community choir for anyone living in or around the Twerton area who enjoys singing, whether or not they have previous singing experience.

Starting on 9th May, the choir will meet weekly on Monday evenings at the Rec House, which is just up the High Street from the Time Bank office. They will be singing uplifting popular songs and will work on preparing a couple of songs for performance at Twerton's got Talent in July.

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Anyone interested in joining the choir should contact the Time Bank on 01225 442813 or email us at timebankplus@googlemail.com

Growing Together is a community project that will provide free training and support to families and individuals who would like to grow their own food at home or in a shared allotment. An experienced tutor will help train people in the necessary skills to successfully grow and harvest their own fresh and delicious produce.  The project will also run a Buddy Scheme to connect local people together, thus enabling them to give and receive mutual ongoing support with growing, harvesting and sharing produce.

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We are holding a launch event on Saturday 27th Feb at 2:30pm on our allotment at Bath City Farm.  We are inviting anyone who would like to find out more about the project to join us for "Food, Fun and Campfire Cooking".

From early March, we will meet every Tuesday at the Bath City Farm allotments from 1:30-3:30pm.    It is open to anyone at any skill level, and will be a welcoming environment.  A gardening mentor will also be available to meet people at their own gardens at other times by appointment, to offer help, guidance and encouragement.

One of our volunteers, who is originally from India, led a great Indian cookery session last week. We made a mound of delicious onion bhajis and spicy vegetable pakoras.

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Everyone enjoyed the session and it was great to learn to cook different types of food. The customers at Rose Cottage and our Over 50's Cafe also loved having Indian food on the menu. We will be organising further cookery sessions in the New Year.