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September 2020 Newsletter

We hope that many of you are able to join us for our AGM, which will take place by Zoom on Tuesday 8th September, starting at 2pm. We will be reporting on our work over the past year and discussing the future. Your suggestions and ideas for the year ahead will be most welcome. As well as the usual AGM business, members of our Creative Writing Group will be reading out selected poems and stories which they have been writing over the past few months. Please do join us.

Here’s the Zoom invite: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7105896091?pwd=MnpFMDU0Q0Q2dzRBTmtaWkRPTGRPUT09

Meeting ID: 710 589 6091  Passcode: 888061

Sewing Workshops

This is a new activity which we are offering to up to 2 people per session. We will be using sewing machines to make face masks. These sessions are taking place on Tuesday afternoons. Please get in touch if you would like to come along.

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

Please email timebankplus@gmail.com 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.

 Feelgood Walks

These walks are taking place every week on alternate Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  They are gentle walks, suitable for all levels of fitness. We practise social distancing and there is currently a maximum of 10 people per walk.

The dates this month are:

Tues 1st Sept 12.30 – 1.30

Weds 9th Sept 2.30 – 3.30

Tues 15th Sept 12.30 – 1.30

Weds 23rd Sept 2.30 – 3.30

Tues 29th Sept 12.30 – 1.30

There are normally plenty of spaces but if possible please let us know beforehand if you would like to come along.

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

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 for you. We have a wide range of gardening equipment, DIY tools, camping gear, sewing machines, carpet cleaner, kitchen items and more. Click here for further info and our catalogue of things: http://timebankplus.co.uk/wp/?page_id=586

Sustainable Gardening & Food Growing

Our gardening team is up and running and we are able to take on a small number of suitable gardening jobs on Tuesday mornings. Gardening is a great way to meet others in a safe, outdoor environment and to learn useful skills. Please get in touch if you’d like to help out.

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

 Guitar Group

The Guitar Group are currently meeting outdoors in Twerton every fortnight on a Wednesday lunchtime. This is a small, friendly, peer-led, beginner level group, which meets up to strum simple songs together. We would love to hear from anyone who could help with assisting or leading the group.

Online groups

With the easing of Lockdown, we have reduced the number of Zoom groups we are running and there are some changes to the meeting times. However, in future, as the weather gets cooler, we are open to the possibility of increasing online groups again depending on demand. Please email us if you would like the joining link to any of the following groups:

Mondays (fortnightly)

12.30 – 1.30pm 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. The next 2 sessions will be on 7th September & 21st September

Thursdays

10.30 – 11.30am 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. (See below for a poem from one of our members).

Fridays

2 – 3pm Time Bank Social Café, Games & Quizzes. This is an opportunity to meet up socially on Zoom for a chat and to play games. The Tuesday group has now been incorporated into this session.

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.

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 .

We’d also really like to hear your thoughts on what other opportunities, groups or activities you’d like us to run.

Volunteering opportunities

We are currently looking for assistance with Gardening & Food Growing, helping with the Guitar Group, running Zoom groups and Online Games & Quizzes, assisting with Walks or other outdoor activities and joining local Litter Picks. We are also looking for a Treasurer for our Management Committee. Please get in touch if you can help.

Free Training Opportunities

These free training courses are now held online via Zoom and can be attended by any member of Time Bank Plus. Upcoming topics are: Dementia Awareness; Mental Health & Wellbeing (3 sessions); Safeguarding; Boundaries; Supporting People with Mental Health Needs.

Please follow this link for further details:

https://www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Volunteers

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.