Time Bank Plus groups and activities provide a good opportunity for skills development and confidence building as well as social contact. You can 'earn' time credits by volunteering with a Time Bank Plus group or 'spend' time credits by attending a group or activity of your choice.
Groups and activities we are currently involved with include:
- a weekly gardening group on Wednesday mornings, offering basic garden maintenance to local Time Bank members. Rowan, the team leader, co-ordinates the work and provides training and supervision to volunteers
- an art class for all abilities which meets in Twerton on Thursday mornings
- a community allotment group which meets on our allotment at Bath City Farm on Friday mornings
- a craft group 'Start the Week' which meets on Monday mornings in Twerton
- a guitar group suitable for beginners, which takes place in Twerton on Thursday afternoons
- a fortnightly food co-op on Wednesdays, supplying fresh, locally grown vegetables
- a walking group, which meets on Wednesday afternoons for short (1 - 2 hour) rambles in the local area
- a longer walking group, which meets on Sundays once a month
- a creative writing group, details on request
- a weekly Knit & Natter group, held at sheltered housing in Twerton on Monday afternoons
- a 'Happy Mondays' crafts and baking group with elderly care residents on Monday mornings.
- IT advice and support, times by arrangement
From time to time we also offer cycle maintenance, cookery classes, website design, language exchange and other groups, depending on the skills and interests of our members. If you are interested in either attending or leading a group, please contact us.
Our members say:
"I suffer from ME and fibromyalgia, so am fairly housebound. I've been involved with Time Bank for 4 years, running two Knit & Natter groups in local sheltered housing. It's improved my confidence tremendously and I've made a lot of new friends. Both groups enjoy the Knit & Natter and very much look forward to it and enjoy the fact that they're making things that are going to be used in the community. In return, several of them have had help with their gardens, or with escorting to appointments and some have had escorts for shopping."
"I don't have a garden because I live above the shops. I share someone else's garden nearby, which I got through Time Bank. He's elderly and can no longer manage it himself. When I get a harvest, I can swap other veg at the Food Co-op with mine, which I love. I'm also involved in the Young Parents Group. Today, I was the only male there so I help by being a male role model for the kids, but I'm also a young parent as well."