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May Newsletter 2022

The Time Bank has never been busier! There’s so much to get involved with this Spring, so please do take a look at the activities and opportunities we can offer this month. We hope there’s something here for everyone, but we’re also always keen to hear your ideas and what you’d like us to help set up. You can contact us by email on timebankplus@gmail.com or tel 01225 442813.

OPENING HOURS FOR THE TIME BANK OFFICE ARE CURRENTLY 10.30 – 1.30 ON MONDAYS AND 10AM - 4PM ON TUESDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS. Due to staff leave, we will be closed on Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3rd to 11th May.

Art for Everyone

We are delighted to be able to offer a further series of 8 Art sessions, led by fantastic tutor Sonja. These sessions are suitable for all levels including complete beginners with an emphasis on enjoyment and self-expression. The art sessions will take place in Twerton on Tuesday mornings as from 24th May. To reserve a place you need to sign up through the Wellbeing College by following this link: https://www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Calendar

Energy Advice sessions

These drop-in sessions with Jo Salisbury from the Centre for Sustainable Energy are now taking place at our office every Monday between 10.30am & 1.30pm. Jo can advise you on reducing your energy bills, keeping your home warm, maximising your income and benefits and accessing grants and discounts. Free energy saving items are also available. No need to book – just pop in.

Lunch Club

Our wonderful Lunch Club based in Twerton meets every Wednesday from 12 – 2pm for a delicious two-course meal and activities like games, quizzes and a raffle. It’s a lovely, friendly club with a great atmosphere and plenty of opportunities to socialise and make new friends.  If you know an older person in the Twerton area who might like to join the club, please let us know.

The Lunch Club is currently looking for a volunteer to help with kitchen tasks. Volunteers receive a free lunch and a warm welcome is guaranteed.

Feelgood Walks

Feelgood Walks are taking place on Tuesdays from 12.30 to 1.30pm from the Time Bank office at 86 High Street, Twerton, BA2 1DE.

Walking in nature is a great way to enhance your mood and keep fit and healthy. These are short, easy walks of up to an hour, suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. We vary the walks each week to maintain interest – for example they may be along the river, in the park, through the woods or around the City Farm. We can also offer plant and tree ID walks if this is of interest. You will be very welcome to join us

Sustainable Gardening Team

The TB+ gardening team is a small, friendly group led by experienced volunteer John, which helps local people in need of assistance with their gardens. It’s a great way to keep fit, learn new skills & help others in the local community. This project takes place on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12pm.

Another small group led by volunteer Mike also goes out at this time to help maintain some of our local green spaces. 

Allotment

A small group of volunteers are involved in growing food on our lovely allotment at Bath City Farm. Please get in touch for further details.

Borrow It

The Borrow It Library of Things is open on Mondays from 10.30am to 1.30pm, Tuesdays from10am to 4pm and Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm. There is a wide range of gardening equipment, DIY tools, sewing machines, carpet cleaner, gazebo, musical instruments, camping gear, catering items and more. There is no charge for borrowing items, though donations are always welcome. We also have a wish list of items we are looking for, to add to our collection. Click here for further info and our catalogue of things: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586 

Southside Food Co-op

The Food Co-op provides boxes of fresh, locally grown vegetables every other Wednesday and delivers them to homes in South and West Bath. Produce available this month includes beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, lettuce, potatoes, purple sprouting, rhubarb, spinach, spring greens, spring onions and more.

The produce is grown mostly on the edge of Bath near Solsbury Hill. The price, for those people on a lowish income (below £18,000 pa for a single person, £25,000 for a couple or £30,000 for a family), is £4.50 for a small box, £5.50 for a medium box and £7 for a large box. For those who are better off, we charge £6 for a small box, £7 for a medium box and £9 for a large box. All these prices include the cost of delivery, or you can save £1 and collect your order from our office. We use any surplus raised to provide veggies to those in urgent need.

Please email timebankplus@gmail.com if you’d like to order a veg box and please provide a phone number for us to contact you. We will need at least 2 days’ notice. Payment needs to be in advance by bank transfer or direct debit.

Community Litter Picks

You are invited to join Mike, our volunteer Litter Picker on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm to help keep the Twerton area clean and tidy. Contact us for further details.

Free Training Opportunities

Somerset Skills & Learning offer a wide range of online courses which are free for B&NES residents. You can find details of all their current courses by following this link

Community Wellbeing Hub 0300 247 0050

The Community Wellbeing Hub is a collaborative service involving 3SG, B&NES Council & Virgin Care. It offers a range of support services such as mental health, returning home from hospital, income, housing and benefits advice, food and medication collections, as well as lifestyle services for help with stopping smoking, getting active or losing weight.

To contact the Hub:
Phone: 0300 247 0050
Email: CWHBanes@hcrgcaregroup.com
Website: http://communitywellbeinghub.co.uk
Text: 07870 868368
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am until 5pm

Keeping in touch

Pop into our office on a Monday (10.30 – 1.30), Tuesday (10 – 4) or Wednesday (10 – 4), ring us on 01225 442813 or email us at timebankplus@gmail.com You can also find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/timebank.plus/ Alternatively, email us with your mobile number and we’ll add you to our Whatsapp group.