What is Timebanking?

Timebanking encourages people to help each other within their community. People offer services to Timebank members and can choose services they'd like in return. For example, a Timebank member could help someone with their garden and in return could gain help with a DIY project from another Timebank member.

How does it work?

For every hour people ‘deposit’ in a Timebank, they are able to ‘withdraw’ the equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. Each person decides what they can offer and everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of ‘my’ time is equal to one hour of ‘your’ time, irrespective of whatever you choose to exchange.

Because Timebanks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an endless variety of settings, so the more people who contribute to a Timebank, the more activities can be offered.

They can cover a variety of activities such as:

  • Giving lifts/escorting people to appointments
  • Shopping or doing simple errands
  • Decorating and simple DIY home repairs
  •  Teaching languages
  • Companionship and visits
  • Cooking skills
  • Helping with IT
  • Gardening and much more!!!

Want to get involved?

If you would still like to find out more about Timebanking you can watch another very helpful video click here.  Alternatively if you should wish to talk to our Timebank Coordinator Terri Bryant  Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, between 9am and 2pm call 01375 389853.  If you want to register to become a Timebank member click here  .


What is volunteering?

A volunteer is someone who freely undertakes to commit time and energy for the benefit of others. Volunteers add value to the work of many organisations and charities and can include formal activity undertaken through public and voluntary organisations, as well as informal community participation.

There are many reasons why people volunteer. For some, volunteering can be a route to employment or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits such as meeting new people, making new friends and getting to know the local community.

Many people volunteer because they want to give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly, or they have a desire to make a difference to the lives of others through volunteering with local charities’ or supporting organisations.

How to get involved?

Whatever your reasons are for volunteering, why not contact Volunteer Centre Thurrock  today and find a volunteering role that can suit your own needs and lifestyle.