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We are currently recruiting for 2 posts. Applicants are welcome to apply for one or both posts.

The Community Projects Officer will assist the Time Bank Manager with the co-ordination and administration of the Time Bank and its associated work programme. This will include assistance with the running and co-ordination of some groups, activities and projects, involvement in the recruitment and supervision of volunteers, some outreach and publicity work, administrative tasks and shared responsibility for staffing the Time Bank office.

We are looking for someone with previous experience of working with a community-based project, an understanding of the needs of vulnerable people and disadvantaged communities and experience of working with volunteers. The successful applicant will have both good people skills and good organisational skills.

This is a part-time (2 days per week) fixed term post to 31/3/25 to cover Maternity Leave, with a salary of £26,000 pa (pro rata).

Please download our application pack here. Please note we do not accept CV’s. The closing date is 18th February and interviews will be held on Monday 26th February.

The Lunch Club Co-ordinator will work alongside, co-ordinate and support a small group of volunteers in providing a 2-course cooked meal and a varied programme of activities to older residents in the Twerton area. Volunteers play an important part in this project and direction will also be provided by a small steering group comprising volunteers, Lunch Club members & staff.

Tasks will include:

  • Recruiting, supporting and working alongside volunteers to facilitate and oversee the operational management of the lunch club
  • Co-ordinating lunch provision, including meal planning, budgeting, shopping, cooking, kitchen tasks & customer service
  • Co-ordinating the provision of activities such as quizzes, games, raffles, speakers, singalongs, gentle exercise, annual outings, etc
  • Publicising the project, recruiting and liaising with locally based older residents attending the lunch club
  • Co-ordinating the provision of transport to those people in need of it
  • Project administration, including keeping digital records of attendance, finance, etc

We are looking for someone with previous experience of working or volunteering with a community-based project and with older people, and an understanding of the needs of vulnerable people and the value of volunteers. We are looking for someone with both good people skills and good organisational skills.

This is a part-time (1 day per week) fixed term post initially to 30/9/24 but with a good chance of extension. The salary is £25,000 pa (pro rata).

Please download our application pack here: here. Please note we do not accept CV’s. The closing date is 18th February and interviews will be held on Monday 26th February.

 

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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: timebankplus@googlemail.com, 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.

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.

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.

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At lunchtime, we warmed up at the Time Bank office with hot soup and tasty vegetable stew prepared by some of the volunteers.

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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.

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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.

Iona has been offering English language help to Francesco, who is from Spain. In return, he has helped her with practical jobs in the home and garden.

Iona says "Francesco and I spent three and a half hours during last week and then I asked him if he would like to spend time with my 14-year-old grandson and me and join in our Saturday activities. It was fun. We three went to a jumble sale and then on to two other places where we saw Nathan's puppets and puppet theatre and his rabbits in the garden. I'm glad I can still drive! Nathan got on very well with him.....

Today we are concentrating on interview skills as he has to go to London tomorrow. He is going to report the hour he spent on the shed and perhaps the half hour or so he spent hoovering my lounge. He did a thorough job, moving the furniture, etc while Nathan washed the kitchen floor ... and amused Francesco who had to listen to his protests."

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 or volunteering on one of our projects, 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, assisting at our Lunch Club or Food Co-op, attending art classes or short walks, leading a group, offering lifts, baking a cake, tending our allotment, learning guitar, cookery or sewing, 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 10am - 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We're open 9am-2:30pm on Thursdays 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@gmail.com.

Time Bank Plus is an independent voluntary sector charity, working in association with Time Banking UK and is supported by funding from Roper Rhodes,  Bathscape (Heritage Lottery) , Peoples' Postcode Trust and Quartet Community Foundation.