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What people in Newsome said about timebanking

We asked people what they thought about Timebanking in Newsome,  this is what they said.

  •   “Timebanking is particularly good in our community, allowing people to benefit from skills on offer without having to use money.  Good to work with an agency with similar values”…Timebanking “gave us (at the luncheon club) the opportunity to move things forward by having people available to help.  Brought people together who wouldn’t get together through normal networking opportunities.”     Reverand Chris Hawley Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church
  •  “I’ve seen more people joining in community activities.  I’ve seen new friendships develop.  I’ve seen people experiencing difficulties, being helped by volunteers.  It has helped us develop a successful food growing project which has captured the attention and imagination of people across the authority. It has inspired people to take more of an active role in their neighbourhoods.” I’d like to see more of the same.  It takes time to build confidence in people to take part in any initiative, but people now believe in this, it has a positive track record, and it needs to continue.  I’d like to see more people getting involved and helping each other out.   Julie Stewart-Turner Chair of Newsome Community Forum.
  • “I think Timebanking is… very valuable …. as it works in communities and with individuals to help build or rebuild their lives.” Pam Kent of the Local Ecumenical Partnership.
  •  “I’ve seen more people joining in.  I’ve seen people experiencing difficulties, being helped by volunteers.  It has helped us create more activities within sheltered. (Housing )”  Mel, the manager of a local sheltered housing project.

Other timebankers said,

  • “I was surprised and pleased to find out that so many people were working and giving their time to help other people”
  • “It’s brilliant to be able to join in things with other people”

 People United Response  support said,

  •  “I like helping other people” 
  •  “I have made new friends”

 One of United Response’s support workers said,

  •  “The people I support have grown in confidence as well as  benefited from practical  help;  house moving, painting and decorating”

Timebanking and Newsome Mill

Newsome Ward Timebanking has helped the Newsome community to protect its Grade II listed mill (threatened by theft, vandalism, arson and neglect) by sharing information, engaging people in the planning process and bringing people together. Timebankers ran a door-to-door survey as part of the ongoing campaign to retain Newsome Mill Ponds and the former mill-workers’ allotments. The resulting research report demonstrated the huge demand for local allotments, helping to win an eleventh hour planning appeal.

This work also gave rise to the Growing Newsome project, through which timebankers are supporting each other and the wider community in growing their own local food.

Growing Newsome

Newsome Mill

Sheila’s story

Sheila has been active since her retirement as an auditor and has many interests. She helped out with the RAPT (Rangers And Police Together) project when the children did cooking sessions. 

She was very impressed with the whole project and thought it was lovely working with the children.

Sheila also made buns for the party tea at the Kiddies’ Christmas Party, and helped to do the accounts. She is now helping out with the money at Longley and Lowerhouses Community Church Luncheon Club.

Janet’s story

Janet is a firm believer in making the community a better place.  She is also passionate about growing and sharing plants.  She has been a great support to the Growing Newsome project and Timebanking. Janet recently had help from Alaa as she was struggling with sending emails.  Since then she has gone to the drop in computer classes with another Timebanking member and is enjoying meeting new people with similar interests. Janet was inspired having attended the Timebanking Gathering in Blackpool and she hopes to encourage more people to join and take part.

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