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July 2020 Newsletter

As Coronavirus guidance changes, we are continuing to be able to open up some of our projects and groups. This month we will re-start the Feelgood Walks programme – for a maximum of 6 people per walk and with social distancing. Southside Food Co-op is now happening weekly and the local produce is fantastic, so do give it a try. Borrow It is now open on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. Gardening is taking place again, where possible, and there are opportunities for Food Growing on our allotment. We are continuing to run a number of online Zoom groups. Read on for details of these and other projects.

Feelgood Walks

The walks will be starting as from Wednesday 15th July and will be taking place every week. They will run on alternate Tuesdays from 12.30 – 1.30 and Wednesdays from 2.30 – 3.30, with a starting point in Twerton. These are gentle walks, suitable for all levels of fitness. We will practise social distancing and there will be a maximum of 6 people per walk in accordance with current guidance.

We will also consider arranging one-to-one or 3-person walks for people who feel they need to build up more gradually to walking in a larger group.

Booking is essential as places are limited – please email us at least 2 days in advance at timebankplus@gmail.com to book your place. You will need to provide a phone number (preferably mobile) where we can contact you to discuss your requirements.

We’d also love to hear from anyone who’d like to volunteer to assist or lead a walk.

Here is a calendar of walks for the next 4 weeks:

Weds 15th July 2.30 – 3.30

Tues 21st July 12.30 – 1.30

Weds 29th July 2.30 – 3.30

Tues 4th August 12.30 – 1.30

Southside Food Co-op

The Food Co-op provides boxes of fresh, locally grown veg every week (or fortnightly if preferred) on Wednesdays, and delivers them to your home. This is available to anyone living in South or West Bath (eg Twerton, Whiteway, Odd Down, Oldfield Park, Newbridge & Lower Weston).

The quality of veg is fantastic at this time of year – it’s all freshly picked and 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. We trust people to let us know and won’t be asking anyone for evidence of income!

We will use any income raised to provide veggies to those in urgent need.

Please email timebankplus@gmail.com to let us know if you’d like to order a veggie 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.

Borrow It

The Borrow It Library of Things is open on Tuesday afternoons from 2 – 6pm and Wednesday mornings from 10am – 12noon. Please ring beforehand on 01225 442813 or email timebankplus@gmail.com to let us know what you’d like to borrow, so we can prepare it and sanitise it. Just knock on our shopfront door and we will pass the item to you. Click here for more info and our catalogue of things: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586

Sustainable Gardening & Food Growing

We are assessing gardening referrals on a case by case basis, and only take them on where it is safe to do so (eg without access through the house and where the garden is large enough for social distancing). It will also depend on whether there are available volunteers. Please get in touch if you’d like to help out.

Our allotment at Bath City Farm is also available for additional volunteers to help with food growing.

Guitar Group

Please get in touch if you’d be interested in joining or assisting with this friendly, self-run, beginner-level group.

Please note, the Time Bank office is now staffed on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, but is not open to the public.  

Online groups

Here’s a calendar of the online Zoom groups we have set up. All the groups except Knit & Natter are held on a weekly basis and all are currently open to new people wishing to join. Just email us and we’ll send you a Zoom invite. Help is available if needed with setting up and using Zoom (see below).

Tuesdays

2 – 3pm Time Bank Social Café. This is an opportunity to meet up socially on Zoom for a friendly chat and catch up. We also sometimes have quizzes or other activities.

Wednesdays (now fortnightly)

2 – 3pm Knit & Natter Group. Get out your wool and knitting needles or crochet hook, make a cup of tea and sit down for a friendly online session with a small group of others. Expert advice is available if needed from our wonderful, knowledgeable volunteer. The next 3 sessions will be on 8th July, 22nd July and 5th August.

Thursdays

11 – 12pm Gardening & Food Growing. This is a lively online group hosted by Rowan for people interested in gardening and food growing. Members of the group share information, tips and advice, to learn and improve their gardening expertise.

2 – 3pm Creative Writing Group. This is a very friendly and supportive group of people who are writing and sharing short pieces of prose or poetry. There is a different topic each week and we have an online forum where members of the group can post up their writings. Alternatively, a member of the group is willing to offer advice on people’s writing, if they’d prefer not to post it on the forum.

Fridays

2 – 3pm Games Session. This is a friendly fun session, led by wonderful volunteer Thomas, where we play simple board games such as Boggle, Family Fortunes, Wavelengths and many other games. Please join us. 

Internet Support

Our helpful IT volunteer is offering individual advice and support with internet problems, downloading or using apps. If you are struggling with Zoom or other IT problems, just email us with your phone number and he will talk you through the issues you are having.

WhatsApp Groups

The Time Bank WhatApp group helps people to stay connected, share information, exchange ideas or ask for help. Please email us with your mobile number if you would like to join.

Our WhatsApp Foraging Group is a space where people can swap info and tips on edible plants and wild foods, exchange recipes and get ideas and inspiration. Please email with your mobile number for the joining link.

Keeping in touch

In addition to the above activities, we are continuing to keep in touch with our members and offer regular or occasional phone calls to anyone who’d like a friendly, supportive chat. This can be particularly helpful to those people who don’t have a smartphone or internet, such as members of our Lunch Club .

Helpline 0300 247 0050

Finally, here is a B&NES Helpline number which you can ring for access to:

  • Volunteer support such as collecting shopping and prescriptions and offering regular supportive phone chats
  • Money and benefits advice services and housing issues
  • Up to date info on food delivery services throughout B&NES
  • Food Banks and food & meal deliveries to elderly and vulnerable people
  • Services for the most vulnerable, carers, domestic abuse and other family issues

0300 247 0050

The helpline is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Please note: for medical advice you need to ring 111.