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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Trio of events to promote innovative pilot project

07/01/2014

A trio of events will be held to encourage people in Newcastle to trade hours of voluntary work as part of an innovative pilot project.

"The Timebank is a great way to meet new people, boost your CV and to help others as well as receiving help in return. Many people will have made a new year’s resolution to reduce their spending or to do more voluntary work within the community - this scheme allows you to achieve both of those aims."

Equality and Diversity Assistant Joanne Hammersley

The community spirited initiative, which is being trialled in the town, allows residents to give the gift of time – and to get it back in return.

Information sessions will take place at Newcastle Fire Station, Knutton Lane, from 10am-midday on January 16, from 1pm-3pm on January 23 and from 6pm-8pm on February 13.

The Safer Communities CIC, with support from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, is leading the pioneering ‘Timebanking’ scheme.

The aim is to create a database listing how people would be willing to help others in their area.

Volunteers can do simple things such as walking a dog, mowing a lawn or giving someone a lift to the hospital.

Members could then ‘claim back’ the time and utilise the skills and assistance of someone else on the Safer Communities Timebank when they need it.

The scheme, which is part of Time Banking UK, is free to join and is mutually beneficial for members.

It is also a great opportunity for people to strengthen their CV by developing a wide range of skills as well as giving something back to the community and meeting new people.

Equality and Diversity Assistant Joanne Hammersley said: "The Timebank is a great way to meet new people, boost your CV and to help others as well as receiving help in return. Many people will have made a new year’s resolution to reduce their spending or to do more voluntary work within the community - this scheme allows you to achieve both of those aims.

"This is a pioneering project which is initially just being trialled in Newcastle and, if it proves to be a success, will be rolled out across Staffordshire to benefit the whole county. I would urge anyone who is interested in broadening their horizons and growing in confidence, skills and experience to pop down to one of the open information sessions and find out what it is all about."

For more information on Timebanking call 01785 898516 or email safercommunities@staffordshire.gov.uk