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Since it first opened its doors last Spring, Borrow It has now made over one hundred loans to almost fifty individuals. From carpet cleaners to hedge trimmers, sleeping bags to ice-cream makers, Borrow It has lent numerous items to local residents and community groups.
Borrow It: A Library of Things is open to all residents local to Bath. It is run by Time Bank Plus and funded by a grant from Bath & West Community Energy. There is no charge for borrowing items, though small donations are welcome.
Viv Talbot, Manager at Time Bank Plus explains that, “In order to borrow items, people simply need to pop along to the office with some ID and register their details. They are then free to borrow anything they need for up to a week, or longer by arrangement.”
The concept & model for Borrow It came from the inspiring SHARE project, a similar initiative which is based in Frome. SHARE also kindly donated the first few items to the Borrow It collection. Since then, local people have donated over 120 items to the scheme. The project has a growing number of registered members as more people find out about it.
“We have had really positive feedback from the local community, and members really appreciate having access to items that they might only use once or twice a year. The carpet cleaners have been really popular this winter, and we are expecting to receive more requests for lawn mowers and hedge trimmers as the weather warms up”, anticipates Project Coordinator, Rowan Wynne-Jones.
Borrow It member, Richard benefitted from the scheme when his lawn mower stopped working, and he was also able to help his neighbour. “The mower has been really useful. My neighbour’s mower broke the same week, so I was able to cut their grass at the same time,” he explained.
100th Borrow It loan: Debbie borrowing gardening tools.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Borrow It, contact the Time Bank Office, on 01225 442813, by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop into the office at, 86 High Street, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1DE. The opening hours are: Monday, Tuesday 10am – 4pm, and Wednesday 10am-7pm.
Visit : Borrow It Catalogue to view the latest catalogue of items available to borrow, as well as the project’s ‘wish-list’ of items.
We are currently seeking a part time Lunch Club & Projects Co-ordinator.
The worker will be responsible for development, co-ordination & delivery of a new lunch club in the Twerton area. The job will include recruiting, working with and supporting local Time Bank volunteers, who will play a key part in the design & delivery of this project.
Remaining hours will be spent maintaining a reception point at the Time Bank office and providing office, volunteer or project support as needed.
We are looking for someone with experience of delivering community based services, who has equally excellent organisational and people skills.
For further details and an application pack, email email@example.com Please note application is by form and CV’s will not be accepted for this post.
Closing date: 2nd April 2018 (9am); Interviews will be held: 13th April 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
Please contact us on 01225 442813 or email email@example.com if you are able to help. Many thanks.
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!
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.
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.
Last week, on a cold winter Sunday, 14 amazing volunteers spent the day transforming a small area of neglected wasteground in Twerton into a fruitful community garden. We cleared brambles and nettles, cut the grass, dug out flower beds, collected about 8 bin bags of rubbish and planted soft fruit bushes and other plants, all of which had been donated to us.
At lunchtime, we warmed up at the Time Bank office with hot soup and tasty vegetable stew prepared by some of the volunteers.
We made and painted a wooden sign - and Hanna Close Community Garden came into existence. This is a space for the local community, where anyone passing by or living in the local area can get involved or help themselves to the odd raspberry, apple or globe artichoke.
Bath Guerrilla Gardeners were actively involved with this project and have created several other beautiful community growing spaces throughout the city.
Our Social Cafe for the Over 50's age group is up and running every Tuesday between 12 & 4pm at Rose Cottage (just across the road from our office in Twerton). With use of all 4 rooms at ground level, there is space to suit everyone’s needs. We have a wonderful team of volunteers who prepare lunch, serve, clear up and help run a range of activities.
The cafe is proving a great place to make new friends, learn new skills or share existing skills such as crochet, knitting, and rag rug making, or to play board games or use the centre's computers. Some participants just want to come out for lunch, a chat or coffee & cake, without necessarily joining in the after lunch activities. It is possible to arrange transport, if needed, by arrangement.
The project aims only to cover its costs, so prices are very reasonable - £1.50 for home-made soup, bread & butter, £1 for a sandwich or just 30p for a cup of tea or coffee.
Several times a year, the Rose Cottage staff prepare a full 2-course lunch, open to all and bookable in advance at the cost of £5. The Easter meal, held in late March, was a great success and a good social mix where people had a chance to re-connect or meet others.
Please feel free to come along any Tuesday between 12 & 4pm and sample one of our delicious home-made soups, or just drop by for a cup of tea or a game of Scrabble. We are also looking for more volunteers who are confident cooks, to help prepare the soup once a month.