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June Newsletter 2021

WE INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE the arrival of summer and the easing of Lockdown with a TIME BANK SUMMER PICNIC. We can’t wait to meet up with you all again, after the past long and lonely year. We will meet up outside, weather permitting, with an indoor venue available in case of poor weather. The provisional venue is in Twerton, around the corner from the Time Bank office and the picnic will take place on Tuesday 6TH July starting at 2.30 pm. Please put this date in your diaries – we will send out further details nearer the time.

In the meantime, we really need you to tell us what groups, services or activities you would like us to help set up.  Please fill in our short survey here or simply email us at timebankplus@gmail.com or leave an answerphone message on 01225 442813 with your suggestions. We could initiate new activities or return to some old favourites. We’ve listed some possibilities below just to whet your appetite. But in order to proceed we will need to hear from you. 

Here are some suggestions for potential groups or activities. These are simply ideas – we expect you will have many more:

Exercise in the Park              Foraging Strolls             Guitar Group

Vegetarian Cookery                Tool Use Workshop     Dance

French Conversation            Photography                 Website Design

Memory Cafe                           Making Videos             Day Trips    

Lunch Club

Our wonderful Wednesday lunch club is now up and running once again. This month the club is meeting at Rose Cottage for a delicious two-course meal and some activities like quizzes and a raffle. If you know an older person in the Twerton area who might like to join the club, please let us know. 

Feelgood Walks

Please join us this month on one of our Feelgood Walks. They are now taking place every Tuesday at 12.30pm 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 round the City Farm. We can also offer plant ID walks if this is of interest. You will be very welcome to join us.

We would also love to hear from anyone interested in volunteering to lead or assist with the walks; appropriate training is available.

Borrow It

The Borrow It Library of Things is open on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm and Tuesdays between 2pm & 6pm. We have a wide range of gardening equipment, DIY tools, camping gear, sewing machines, carpet cleaner, kitchen 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 

Sustainable Gardening Service

The TB+ gardening team is a small, friendly group which helps local people in need of assistance with their gardens. This project takes place on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12pm.  

Our emphasis is to encourage wildlife-friendly gardening. Whilst we are happy to help keep gardens neat and well-maintained, we are also mindful of the need to work in harmony with nature and provide habitat for the insects, birds and plant-life on which our future depends.

New members are very welcome. Gardening is a great way to keep fit, learn new skills & help others in the local community and the gardening team leader provides expert knowledge and guidance. We would also welcome donations of good quality gardening tools, such as hand tools or an electric mower. 

Food Growing on the Allotment

This is an opportunity to join a small number of other volunteers growing food on our lovely allotment at Bath City Farm. Please get in touch for further details.

Southside Food Co-op

The Food Co-op provides boxes of fresh, locally grown vegetables every other Wednesday, 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 produce is all freshly picked and 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 use any surplus raised to provide veggies to those in urgent need.

Now that lockdown restrictions are easing, we are once again offering the opportunity to save £1 off the above prices by collecting your order from the Time Bank office. We would also welcome a volunteer to help with packing the veg boxes and a driver to help with deliveries from time to time.

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.

Photography Challenge

The subject this month for our photography challenge is ‘Transport’. Please send us your photos by email to timebankplus@gmail.com. Your entries will be uploaded onto an Instagram forum. 

Community Litter Picks

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

Improve your Health with a Greener Lifestyle

One of our members is looking for a small number of people who would be interested in meeting up every week for a pilot project lasting about 8 weeks. The aim is to use a personal carbon calculator to test the theory that making small green lifestyle changes also results in improvements in our health and wellbeing.  Please contact us for further details.

Zoom groups

Due to the easing of Covid restrictions and reduced demand, we are now running fewer sessions via Zoom. However we are mindful that for some people Zoom remains an excellent option, so we are continuing to run a couple of the most popular online groups. 

Mondays (monthly)

4.00 – 5.00pm Knit & Natter Zoom 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. These online sessions will take place once a month for the time being and the next session is on Monday 14th June.

Thursdays (weekly)

10.30 – 11.30am Creative Writing Zoom 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. 

IT Assistance

If you, or others you know, need help with setting up Whatsapp, Zoom or other apps, or with other IT troubleshooting, please let us know and one of our volunteers may be able to help you. We’d also love to hear from anyone with good IT skills who is interested in volunteering to assist others.

Keeping in touch

If you aren’t already in our Whatsapp group, do join us. It’s such a good way to keep in touch with each other, share information or ask for help. Just email timebankplus@gmail.com with your mobile number and we’ll add you to the group. You can also find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/timebank.plus/ 

Volunteering opportunities (summary)

We are currently looking for: people interested in leading or assisting with our Feelgood Walks; volunteers to join our Gardening Team; litter pickers; people to help grow food on our allotment; IT support; a veg box packer and an occasional driver for our Food Co-op. We are also looking for a Treasurer for our Management Committee. Please get in touch if you can help. 

Free Training Opportunities

Somerset Skills & Learning offer a wide range of online courses which are free for B&NES residents. There is a huge range of subjects including: Mental Health Awareness; Using Plants for Health; Improve your Memory; Understanding Stress & Anxiety; Fun with Cooking; Developing Confidence & Self-Awareness; Emotional Resilience; and many more. You can find details of current courses by following this link.

Other Groups & Activities

The Virtual Hope Guide includes a large selection of online groups and activities. Here’s a link: https://www.bridges2wellbeing.co.uk/hope-guide

Wellbeing College also publish a regularly updated calendar of activities: https://www.wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/Calendar

Here are some activities for over 55’s, currently being run by St John’s: https://stjohnsbath.org.uk/what-we-do/activities/

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@virgincare.co.uk
Website: http://communitywellbeinghub.co.uk
Text: 07870 868368
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am until 5pm