Partnership to encourage Scottish time banks

Volunteer Development Scotland and Time Banks UK have joined forces to encourage time banks in Scotland.

The initiative, called Time Banking Scotland, aims to encourage people to exchange “their time and talents in a mutually beneficial way”.

It works on the principle that for every hour of time that a person contributes to help another, they receive the equivalent in “time credits”. These credits can then be exchanged for future assistance when needed.

Time Banks UK manages the system that records time credits and transactions that take place.

George Thomson, chief executive of Volunteer Development Scotland, said the aim of the concept was to strengthen traditional volunteering by “breaking down barriers and reaching out to those who don’t normally get involved”.

“It also values people equally because anyone and everyone can play a part – what’s more, it seeks to build community networks knowledge and we are delighted to be the driving force behind it in Scotland,” he said.

There are currently 6,000 people involved in 78 time banks across the UK.

Martin Simon, executive director of Time Banks UK, said: “Time banking is a new way of reciprocal volunteering based on people sharing their skills and their time to build their community.”

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