The following text is a slightly edited version of the text on the Timebanking UK website: http://www.timebanking.org/about-tbuk/
Timebanking UK is a national charity (Charity No: 1101204) and limited company serving time banks across the UK since 2000. It is guided by a board of trustees who appoint a Chief Executive to run the organization. Together they develop practices and policies to ensure that the organisation maintains quality of support to its members through free software provision, training and the Timebanking UK Quality Mark™ , which is awarded to time banks that adhere to the core values of timebanking and operate in such a way that they develop, support and celebrate good timebanking practice as recommended by Timebanking UK. Its mission is clearly stated on its website:
Our mission is to ensure the contribution of all is valued equally giving people access to a wealth of resources from private, public and community sectors. Timebanking is a key mechanism to bring about change in public services at community level and between organisations.
Timebanking links people to share their time and skills. Everyone’s time is equal: one hour of help earns one time credit to spend when you need it. We operate with an asset-based philosophy that everyone has something to give to help another regardless of age, ability or background. Redefining work and creating support networks empowers those who have been defined as service users making them decision makers.
Timebanking UK works with community groups, time banks and community organisations to promote and support co-production and the development of timebanking through:
· Supporting the development of new time banks, with clear guidance on how to set time banks up and how they can be used in different applications (we have helped the development of 60 time banks in the last two years).
· Developing regional networks of time banking to share local expertise, best practice, training, capacity and advice.
· Membership support for time banks including a range of resources, training and paid mentoring opportunities.
· Bespoke timebanking software has been designed to use to co-ordinate timebanking activities.
Support for Members and Wider Sector:
· Training, guidance and toolkits to support the development of time banks covering: initial development; specialist areas (safeguarding, asset mapping etc.); thematic support (older people, working in prisons etc.) and development of regional hubs.
· Working with organisations to seed the time banking approach into their mainstream service delivery, ensuring their services are co-produced.
· Holding bi- monthly learning events.
· We give advice, guidance and training from our expert team members on techniques for effective monitoring and evaluation and the use of our new Evaluation Toolkit.