11th March 2015
Southend Time Bank recently initiated its first exchange when Dan Brent accompanied Dawn Carter on one of her regular check-ups at the eye clinic. Dawn recently became a member of the new Time Bank, and at her interview, asked if it would be possible for someone to accompany her to her appointment, as this is one of the many services available from members of the Time Bank.
Dawn sometimes has to spend up to three hours at the clinic, undergoing treatment, and hoped somebody could be found to keep her company.
Dawn said “It’s a very good idea as you get to meet new people. It was much better than going on my own!” Dan volunteers for Turning Tides, and was one of the first members of the Time Bank.
The Time Bank currently has 25 members and is looking for new recruits of all ages who would like to share their skills and spare time to help others, particularly the older and more vulnerable members of the community. Timebanking is based on flexible, reciprocal volunteering, using time as a currency for exchanges.
SAVS is keen to hear from people living in Central Southend, Westcliff, Chalkwell and Leigh who are eager to sign up to the scheme, as individuals or as part of a group, perhaps through work, or where they currently volunteer.
If you would like to get involved, either as a full member or to provide some opportunities, please contact SAVS on 01702 356000 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org