West End Timebank

The West End’s Timebank, Time2Give, sadly disbanded over a year ago.   Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  
 
For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. 
 
It is a great, community-based, concept and there was originally great enthusiasm towards getting the West End timebank off the ground.   It ran well for a time and it was a real pity it came to an end.
 
I spoke some time ago with Jimmy Mooney who runs the Broughty Ferry Timebank (Ferry Time) and Jimmy advised that some West End residents were taking part in the Broughty Ferry group now given the lack of a West End group.
 
Jimmy is keen to encourage more West End residents to register with the group where they will be recognised as members from the West End.
 
For further information, please call him on 07975 943863.

Colouring in … for adults!

An event from the Time2Give West End timebank :
Time2Give advises :    “We’ll bring tea/coffee, biscuits, pens/pencils and beautiful pictures to colour in!
 
You bring your secret desire to spend an hour just colouring in and creating something lovely on a cold dark afternoon!
 
Feel free to bring your own pictures and/or pens/pencils if you want to and relax for an hour or two.”

Dundee Festival of Volunteering 2015 – Time2Give Coffee Afternoon @DunFestVol2015

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of being at the Time2Give Coffee Afternoon at Blackness Library as part of the Dundee Festival of Volunteering 2015.    Here’s a photo from it – below:
The Time2Give timebank is going from strength to strength.   Time banking is a community based project, which promotes two way volunteering using time as its currency.   Timebanks bring the community together and reward people for the help they provide to others in their neighbourhood.  
 
You can find out more about Time2Give here.

Wednesday meetings

Today has been a busy day, including:
 

*   A briefing at lunchtime for councillors whose wards are affected by Phase 1 of the new bin collection and recycling arrangements and an opportunity for us to raise questions and seek assurances for constituents.   Any resident with a concern or a query is welcome to either call me direct on 459378 or the Environment Department on 436289.

 

*   An afternoon meeting of the Time2Give timebank committee for the West End.   Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need.    In each case the participant decides what they can offer. 

It is a great, community-based, concept and Time2Give is going from strength to strength.   Much credit recently goes to Claire who has voluntarily been managing the timebank recently.    You can read more about Time2Give here.
 
*   Tonight I attended a meeting at Blackness Library organised by the Environment Department for residents in Blackness Road west of Ashbank Road (on the north side and east of Balgay Road) about how the new bin/recycling arrangements are proposed to affect them.    It was a useful discussion and I was pleased that council officers listened carefully to the points made by residents and promised to take them on board in the roll-out of the new arrangements.

Time2Give update

I have previously mentioned the timebanking initiative for the West End – Time2Give.    
 
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  
 
For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. 
 
It is a great, community-based, concept and Time2Give is making great progress.    
 
You can now download its latest newsletter here.

Time2Give Steering Group

This afternoon, I attended the latest steering group meeting of Time2Give, the West End’s Timebank at Blackness Library.
 
It was a very positive meeting – between full members and pending or new applications, the timebank is fast approaching 40 members.    There’s also been presentations to a number of local organisations and information sessions at the Mitchell Street Centre.
 
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need.    In each case the participant decides what they can offer. 
 
It is a great, community-based, concept and Time2Give has made a great start.   Find out more here or contact Vanya Zaczek at VanyaZaczek@number10.org.

Dundee Festival of Volunteering 2014 – Time2Give Coffee Afternoon @DunFestVol2014

This morning, I took part in a number of council meetings, starting with the School Parking and Pupil Safety Working Group, at which I again raised the issues at the West End Campus (Victoria Park and St Joseph’s Primaries and Balgay Hill Nursery School) and also praised the work of the community police and parking attendants in tackling the road and pupil safety concerns.    
 
I am pleased to report that safety barriers are to be erected over the summer holidays at the entrance lane to the schools and the car park, to avoid unauthorised vehicles gaining access.
 
Other morning meetings included a discussion about the project plan for the new Roseangle playpark – achieved thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts of the playpark campaign and the local community, a meeting about the Dundee Festival Trust and the Mills Observatory and a councillors’ briefing about community asset transfer.
 
This afternoon, I had the pleasure of being at the very well-attended Time2Give Coffee Afternoon at Blackness Library as part of the Dundee Festival of Volunteering 2014.    Here’s a couple of photos from it – below:
An excellent turnout this afternoon
Local mental health guitar group RockDee performed and were excellent

Time2Give newsletter

Time2Give, the West End’s timebank, has recently launched a newsletter, with updates from the timebank and other articles.
 
You can download the newsletter here.
 
Time banking is a community based project, which promotes two way volunteering using time as its currency. Timebanks bring the community together and reward people for the help they provide to others in their neighbourhood.   
 
For further information, you can contact Time2Give by calling Vanya Zaczek on 07530 228810.

Time2Give forthcoming event

The West End’s timebank, Time2Give is hosting a Coffee Afternoon as part of the Dundee Festival of Volunteering.
 
It will take place on Tuesday 3rd June from 2pm to 3.30pm at Blackness Library (upstairs meeting room).
 
Local mental health guitar group RockDee will perform at the Coffee Afternoon, where they will play a short twenty minute acoustic set.  This is their very first live performance so please come along to support them!
 
Afterwards people can enjoy some tea or coffee and cakes.

Time2Give – a great initiative

I have previously mentioned the timebanking initiative for the West End, now named Time2Give.    Yesterday, I attended the latest meeting of the Time2Give that took place at Blackness Library.
 
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  

For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. 

It is a great, community-based, concept and there is great enthusiasm towards getting the West End timebank off the ground.
 
You can download full details from the Time2Give leaflet here and the registration form can be downloaded here.

Progress towards the West End Timebank

I have previously mentioned that, following the success of the timebank in the north east of the city, a West End timebank is being launched.   Yesterday, I took part in the second planning meeting, which was most productive.
 
Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. 
 
It is a great, community-based, concept and there is great enthusiasm towards getting the West End timebank off the ground.
 
You can read more about timebanking at www.timebanking.org and if you would like more information about timebanking in the West End, please contact:
 
GillBain@number10.org          or              BarryThomson@number10.org

West End Timebanking meeting

Further to my article last month about the proposal to have a timebanking initiative in the West End, I was pleased to attend the first planning meeting yesterday.
 
There was great enthusiasm from the attendees to move forward with a West End Timebank resource and we will now be setting up a small committee to take this further.
 
If you would like more information about timebanking in the West End, please contact: 

 

GillBain@number10.org          or                BarryThomson@number10.org 

Timebanking in the West End – planning meeting

Further to my article last month about the possible timebanking project in the West End, an informal discussion meeting is now planned for 23rd August at the Volunteer Centre at 10 Constitution Road.
 
The focus of the discussion will be about:
 
• Timebanking and how it could work in the West End.
 
•Getting older people in the area together to discuss how they can be involved in their local area.
 
Please let me know if you are interested in taking part (timebank@frasermacpherson.org.uk) and I’ll pass on your interest to Gill Bain, Timebank Development Officer – many thanks.

Timebanking in the West End

Following the success of the TimeTree North East Dundee TimeBank, I was contacted recently by Gill Bain, Timebank Development Officer, about starting a similar initiative across the West End.
 
Here’s some information from Gill, along with contact details:
 
There’s nothing new about people helping out friends and neighbours.   Some of that goes on every day in Dundee. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to offer help to people you don’t know or say when you could do with a hand yourself.   Timebanking  is  a new and exciting way for people to share their skills within the community and be rewarded for it- in time.   By helping others you can meet new people, do the things you enjoy and get something back.
 
Time banking works on the principle that everyone has something to offer, no matter who they are or what age they are! 
 
For every hour that someone volunteers they receive an hour’s credit to “spend” when they need a service in return. For example, one person may provide gardening and in return may get help with computer skills. Everyone has something to offer and something to give!
 
You can give as little or as much as you want, it could be that you are walking someone’s dog on a weekly basis or it could be that you are just providing a one off service such as helping someone with building some furniture. It is entirely up to you!
 
Two new Development Workers have been funded through Reshaping Care for Older People, on a job share basis. Gill Bain and Barry Thomson will be rolling timebanks out across Dundee, after the success of the pilot timebank in the North East of Dundee- TimeTree NorthEast Dundee TimeBank. 
 
If you would like more information about timebanking or are keen to discuss the possibility of timebanking in your area, please contact: 
 
GillBain@number10.org                            
 
BarryThomson@number10.org                  
 
Phone 305758