MAY 2017 NEWSLETTER
The Time Bank offers loads of opportunities for people to get involved in local projects, groups, exchanges and events. It’s a great way to build confidence, improve skills, meet other people and enhance wellbeing. We’re a tiny organisation with just 2 part-time staff but we manage to achieve a great deal. If you shop at Waitrose, please support us this month by putting your green tokens in the Time Bank container.
‘Borrow It’ is open to anyone living in B&NES who would like to borrow an occasional-use item. It’s a great way to save money, reduce waste & clutter or try out a new gizmo before deciding to buy it. We are constantly receiving new donations of items; please see our latest catalogue of things below.
‘Borrow It’ is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 – 4 and on Saturday mornings from 10 – 1, so do come along to see what we have available. This month, we are still looking for a carpet cleaner, a petrol strimmer, a hedge trimmer and a sewing machine – please let us know if you can help.
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, a bike, an electrical appliance, a tool in need of sharpening or a computer, tablet or phone you need help with. A team of volunteers will be on hand to repair the item or advise on what needs doing.
We will be hosting the Repair Café on occasional Saturday mornings when the Borrow It library is also open. Our first Repair Café session will be on Saturday 3rd June from 10am – 12.30pm, at the Time Bank office in Twerton. Hot drinks and home-made cake will also be available to buy. Please do come along –projects such as this can only continue if they are well used.
Southside Food Co-op
The Food Co-op, which is open to anyone in Bath, offers bags or orders of seasonal, locally grown produce at fantastic value. This month, the produce available includes spinach, chard, rhubarb, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, spring greens and spring onions. Orders can be collected from the Time Bank office or delivered to your home on alternate Wednesdays. Bags are priced from £3.50 (small) to £6 (large) and there is a small additional charge for delivery. Please get in touch for further details.
The Gardening Team are a friendly group of Time Bank members who go out each week on a Tuesday afternoon, to help local people with basic gardening tasks such as clearing, mowing and weeding. Please get in touch if you would like to join us or if you need occasional help in your garden.
This is an opportunity for anyone who’d like to grow their own veg but doesn’t have a garden, needs guidance or would prefer to share the hard work with others. The allotment group is currently meeting on Tuesday mornings at our growing plot at Bath City Farm. They welcome anyone who would like to come along and join them. Please contact us for more details.
Tuesday Cafe at Rose Cottage
The café is a lovely space to relax and enjoy lunch or a tasty snack, either on your own or with friends. It is normally open every Tuesday from 12 – 4pm, based at Rose Cottage, just across the road from the Time Bank office in Twerton. Prices are low and the menu includes soup, all-day-breakfast, light meals such as pasta with salad or baked potatoes, bacon or cheese & tomato sandwiches, snacks like omelette or beans on toast, cake and hot drinks. It’s a very friendly place with a great community feel so do come along and join us.
Drop-in IT Advice Café
If you need help or advice with your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or other IT device, then do remember to come along to our free drop-in advice sessions at Rose Cottage on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 4pm. Our expert volunteer will give advice and support and help to sort out any problems.
This group meets every Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm at the White Horse pub, Shophouse Road, Twerton. Walks generally take about an hour and are led by one of our members.
A small group of Time Bank members met up a couple of Sundays ago for a superb 7-mile walk around Combe Hay, South Stoke & surrounding countryside. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the group is planning to continue meeting up for walks, so please let us know if you might be interested in coming along in future (date to be decided).
These are also a possibility – perhaps a ride through the Two Tunnels - let us know if you are interested … if you need help with repairing or maintaining your bike we now have several members who are able to assist with this.
Do you need help with transport? One of our members is offering lifts, including longer distance trips. You need to pay a mileage charge towards his petrol costs.
Free Training Course
We’ve been sent details of a fantastic 2-day course for volunteers to acquire the skills to design and deliver training. The Training & Facilitation course will take place on 18th May & 23rd May. The first day is based in Bristol and the second in Bath. Please contact us for further details.
If there’s something you’d like to learn or if you have a skill you’d like to share please let us know – we are always open to new ideas, or we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help.
The Time Bank has signed up to ‘Local Giving’, which means that anyone wishing to make a donation to our charity can do so online. Just click this link to take you to our Local Giving web page or find us at https://localgiving.org/charity/timebankplus/