An Easter themed event will be held at Newcastle Community Fire Station’s new community café on Thursday, April 17.
"The aim of the ‘café’ is to provide people with a relaxed and comfortable place to meet up, socialise and enjoy each other’s company without spending too much – the refreshments will be good value for money. It is also a great chance to meet members of the TimeBank and to learn more about what they do."
Joanne Hammersley - Project Lead
The TimeBank, which is supported by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service through the Safer Communities CIC, is running the new venture.
Local residents are invited to pop along to the Knutton Lane facility to enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake in relaxed surroundings.
People of all ages, from older residents, to Newcastle College students and parents with toddlers, are welcome to visit the informal coffee mornings. They will be held every Thursday from 9am-11am.
Information on the TimeBanking scheme will be available during the weekly sessions, should people want to hear about it.
Joanne Hammersley, who is leading the project, said: "Members of the TimeBank and firefighters based at Newcastle are very excited about this new venture. We are keen to encourage local people to make the most of their community fire stations and to take advantage of the excellent facilities on offer.
"The aim of the 'café' is to provide people with a relaxed and comfortable place to meet up, socialise and enjoy each other’s company without spending too much – the refreshments will be good value for money. It is also a great chance to meet members of the TimeBank and to learn more about what they do."
The pioneering TimeBank project is being piloted in Newcastle and aims 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 can then 'claim back' the time and utilise the skills and assistance of someone else on the 'Time Bank' when they need it.
It is also an ideal 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.
The scheme, which is part of Time Banking UK, is free to join and is mutually beneficial for members. For more information on 'TimeBanking' call 01785 898516 or email firstname.lastname@example.org