Time Banks: A Worldwide Phenomena

Timebanks can be found in over 40 countries on six continents, with at least 300 in 40 United States alone. Community, neighbors, support and skills are commonly found themes in time banks wherever they might be.

These themes reflect a universal desire to help one another at the community level, share talents and foster wellbeing. linkAges TimeBank is no exception and embraces these same sentiments wholeheartedly. We thought it might be illuminating to examine some of the missions and philosophies of various timebanks from around the world. In doing so, it’s clear that wherever timebanks are found, the notions of cooperation, sharing and neighborliness are universal.

England

Our vision is to achieve a cohesive community in the Rushey Green area, where neighbours know neighbours and can rely on each other for help and support. Where people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities interact with each other on an equal footing and with mutual respect and understanding

Rushey Green, Catford, England.

Northern Ireland

Timebanking is recognised as an effective way of re-establishing neighbourliness and informal volunteering, and has been particularly successful in engaging hard to reach groups. Volunteer Now believes that Timebanking can offer an opportunity to address underlying societal issues by providing flexible solutions that can be tailored to different circumstances.

Volunteer Now on behalf of community timebanks in Northern Ireland

Canada

The Waterloo Region Time Exchange (WRTE) is a Community based group. Fully focused on rebuilding a strong community and a better neighbourhood.

 Waterloo Region Time Exchange (WRTE), Waterloo, Canada.

Australia

The evaluation of the pilot that is underway already shows the NSW program is attracting new people to volunteering; extending social networks; creating a sense of community; and improving the quality of life for those involved.

State of New South Wales, Australia

New Zealand

Having vibrant, healthy, interconnected New Zealand Communities, which are acknowledged as the life force of our country. Time Banking is a relatively new concept to New Zealand. It facilitates the sharing of skills between its members, both individuals and community groups. Time Banking creates and promotes well-being, helping communities flourish and thrive. Time Banking activity is measured by the amount of time it takes to complete a piece of work. Everyone’s time is considered equal.

The Wellington TimeBank, Wellington, New Zealand

 

 

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