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TimebankSalford Time Bank is on the lookout for new people who are ready to swap skills to make the community a better place.

Newground Together (part of the Together Housing Group) and Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) jointly awarded local social enterprise Unlimited Potential over £62,000 to fund the Time Banking pilot project over the last 12 months.

Time banking is simple. You give someone the benefit of your skills, anything from shopping or dog walking to gardening or sewing.

For every hour you spend helping someone, you get a time credit. For every hour you get help, you spend a time credit. There is no money involved.

It’s a perfect opportunity to help someone in your local neighbourhood, make new friends, and get help with the things in your life.

And it’s important to note – time banking is different to volunteering and taking part will not affect any benefits you receive.

One such member is George Dawes, who found out about the scheme and helps people trace their family history.

He said: “I heard about the Time Bank and was instantly intrigued so I found out more about it and it’s been a very good experience.

“I enjoy genealogy so I’ve been able to plot family trees for people, and it’s been very revealing in some cases!

“I’ve met a lot of good people and I’d encourage anyone to get involved.”

Scott Hardman, Time Broker, said: “Everyone needs a little help from time to time, it might be just a lift, help reading a letter or something more physical. Everyone has a skill that they can provide and everyone is welcome to join.

“It helps reduce isolation and can have a very positive impact on a person’s wellbeing and health.

“We’ve seen friendships blossom and transform lives as a result of time banking, and we know it’s a great movement to be involved in.”

So if you want to get involved give them a call on 0161 743 4502 / 07419 374182 or visit Salford Time Banking on Facebook.

Watch the video here:

Time Bank from Together Housing on Vimeo.

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