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JUNE 2017 NEWSLETTER

This month we say hello to 2 new staff members and a sad goodbye to Lys, who is leaving for pastures new. We’re delighted to welcome Jenny Ruskin, whom some of you may remember as the Volunteer Co-ordinator at Envolve, who will be here on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. And we’re so pleased that Rowan, our wonderful gardening team leader, will now be a permanent Time Bank member of staff, working here one day per week.

 Jenny will be co-ordinating the Tuesday café at Rose Cottage as well as helping to support Time Bank volunteers and set up new exchanges and activities. Please do pop into the Tuesday café at Rose Cottage or the Time Bank office on a Wednesday to meet her and let her know anything you’d like to offer or receive from the Time Bank.

Rowan will be starting next month and will continue to lead the gardening team as well as supporting the allotment group and helping to organise Borrow It.

Borrow it!

PLEASE NOTE that the opening times for the ‘Borrow It’ Library of Things have now changed. We will no longer be opening on Saturday mornings (except on the first Saturday of the month when the Repair Café is also open). However we are extending our opening times on Wednesdays until 7pm, so that people who work during the day are able to get here outside of office hours.

If you haven’t already done so, please do come and take a look at our Borrow It collection. We can also email you a photo catalogue of items, by request, which will give you a clearer idea of what’s available. With summer approaching, you may be interested in borrowing one of our tents or other camping equipment like folding chairs or camping stoves. Or some gardening equipment such as an electric strimmer, hedge trimmer or mower?

All items have been generously donated by local people and are lent out free of charge. This month we particularly looking for a sewing machine, a petrol strimmer, a BBQ & a carpet cleaner – please let us know if you can help.

Repair Cafe

PLEASE NOTE our first Repair Café session will be this coming Saturday 3rd June, from 10am – 12.30pm. There will be expert volunteer repairers on hand to help with electrical repairs and PAT testing, tool sharpening, bike maintenance and sewing repairs, so please do come along with your items in need of attention.

Hot drinks and home-made cake will be available and the ‘Borrow It’ Library of Things will also be open. Please remember to bring some ID and proof of address if you’d like to borrow something for the first time.

Longer walking group

We are hoping to make these walks a regular monthly event, taking place on the first Sunday of the month. The next walk will be on Sunday 2nd July and will be led by Graham. It will focus on the Somerset & Dorset Railway and also take in other historic local features. The walk will start from Midford at 11am and will take approx 2 hours. For lift sharing, please meet outside the Time Bank office at 10.30am.

Please let us know if you’d like to join the group and receive full details and updates.

 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. The menu includes soup with bread (£2), all-day-breakfast (£2.50), light meals such as pasta with salad or baked potatoes with tuna or cheese (£2.50), sandwiches such as bacon (£2) or cheese & tomato (£1.50), snacks like omelette or beans on toast (£1.50), cake (£1) and hot drinks (from 50p). It’s a very friendly place with a great community feel so do come along and join us.

Free IT support

If you need help or advice with your mobile phone, tablet, laptop or other IT device, please let us know and we will arrange for our expert volunteer to give you free advice and help sort out any problems on a Tuesday afternoon between 2pm & 4pm at Rose Cottage.

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 broad beans, lettuce, new potatoes, spinach, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, spring greens and spring onions. Peas, courgettes, fine beans & bunch carrots will follow soon. 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.

Gardening Team

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.

Allotment group

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.

Shorter walking group

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.

Job opportunity

We’ve just seen this job vacancy and wondered if it may be of interest to any of you:

St Mungo’s in Bath are looking for someone with a lived experience of mental health, to join their Bridges to Wellbeing Service in Bath as a Trainee Peer Mentor. This is a 12 months fixed term contract, working 18.75 hours per week with a salary of £16,477 pa (pro rata). Closing date is 12th June.

For more details, go to http://www.mungos.org/current_vacancies

Free Training Course

Upcoming free courses for volunteers include:

Mental Health Support Awareness – 12th June 7pm,  Keynsham                                                Mental Health – Know Your Rights – 20th June, 10.30am, Bath                                                 Everyday First Aid – Responses to Homelessness – 19th July, 1pm, Bath

Further details of these courses are available from: www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Volunteers

Lifts

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.

Local Giving

PLEASE NOTE: On June 22nd starting at 10am, Local Giving will be doubling all donations of up to £25 which are made to us, up to a maximum of £250. In other words, if 10 people each donate £25 to us, we will receive a total of £500.

If you are able to help us in this way, please set up your donation as soon as possible after 10am on 22nd June, as this opportunity is only available until the total available match funding has been used up.

To donate to us through Local Giving, please follow this link:                                                      https://localgiving.org/charity/timebankplus/