What is a time bank?
Participants can spend their time credits on the skills and support of other participants when they need a helping hand. People help each other out with everything from making phone calls to sharing meals and giving lifts to the shops - anything that brings them together. As such Time Banking has an economic benefit as well as improving well-being and building social networks.
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History of TB
PGTB currently has over 200 active members, a figure which is growing weekly. We take referals from the staff team at the Practice, and are also open to the whole community. People self refer, and come to the timebank through word of mouth and through meeting us at local events or coming also to our drop in which is every monday at the Practice. We also work with a broad range of organisational members and their communities.
We are committed to supporting the growth of time banking both in Southwark and Lambeth, and also nationally by working in partnership with Time Banking UK. We also offer support to local people and organisations who wish to use coproduction as part of their day to day activities.
PGTB is currently working with other local agencies interested in Time Banking and Coproduction to develop a borough wide Lambeth Time Bank Network.We are also working to develop our local time bank 'hubs', enabling PGTB to reach wider communities and to retain local flavour.