Festival set to showcase why Timebanking is such a good idea for local communities like Littleport

Littleport Timebank volunteers

Littleport Timebank volunteers - Credit: Archant

A special event at this year’s Festival of Ideas is set to showcase how volunteer’s exchanging time is making a real difference to local communities like Littleport.

Volunteers from Littleport Timebank

Volunteers from Littleport Timebank - Credit: Archant

Littleport Timebank was launched in October 2012 and offers help with things like shopping, beauty treatments, decorating and learning crafts like knitting and calligraphy.

Organisers said of the Timebank’s work: “Everyone has something to offer a Timebank, from visiting someone for a cup of tea to designing a website, whatever you do you will make a difference to the person that needs your help.

“We have regular social activities and our Timebank is a great way of getting to know people in the community, make friends and share your passion or skill.”

Littleport Timebank’s efforts, among others from the area, will be showcased at the Time Bank ‘exchanging time, connecting lives’ event, which will take place from 7-9pm on October 27 at Newnham College, Cambridge.

 Littleport Timebank.

Littleport Timebank. - Credit: Archant

There will also be a raffle on the evening.

Gerry Cano, project manager at CHS Group, said: “Time banks are an amazing way for people to give to their community and we have some wonderful and inspiring stories about how volunteers have really helped people in need.”

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County councillor Steve Criswell, lead on communities at Cambridgeshire County Council, added: “The Timebanks bring communities together in a really impressive way – it is an inspiring idea that’s delivering results on the ground.”