West Wight Timebank October Newsletter
STOCKING FILLERS, CAN YOU HELP?
We are running a stall at Totland School's Christmas Fayre on Friday 23rd November to raise funds for the TimeBank. We would love it if you have any Christmassy items to donate, children's clothes pretty decorations, toiletries, that kind of thing or anything which would go towards filling a stocking. Perhaps you're a great knitter and have a Chrismassy scarf to donate, or maybe you have a little time to sew some crafts or make a table centre, we're sure there's plenty of talent out there! N.B. We have agreed not to sell anything edible as the PTA run their own cake and produce stalls. One of our Timebank members, Avril, is leading this fundraising project for us.
Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival
For the Timebank’s Christmas Tree Festival, we would to symbolise the TB by having symbols around the tree or on the tree to illustrate the kind of help members offer from gardening, dog walking, book groups to baking e.g. a trowel, a dog lead, some books, a wooden spoon. If you would like to design any of these then these would be gratefully received. We have asked some of the school children to design clock faces too.
Our new Community Interest Community (CIC), under which the Timebank sits, has now joined the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce. As one of the benefits of joining, they offer NHS Health Checks for the 40 - 74 age group’ in the workplace. The criteria are as follows: - Aged between 40-74 - Be living or working on the Island - Not have received an NHS health check in the past 5 years (either with their own GP or the Chamber Health team) - Not on medication for heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, stroke, kidney disease or diabetes. If there are at least 3 people, an advisor can be sent to a location in the West Wight. If less than 3 people, individuals can attend the Chamber in Newport, but must book through Sally before the end of October please. There will also be other training opportunities available which will be free of charge for Timebank members including, First Aid, Safeguarding and health and safety. We will let you know more as the details become available, but do let Sally know if you want to undertake any of these courses.
Isn’t if frustrating… when you have to wait in all day for a parcel.
If anyone would like to offer to ‘house sit’ and wait in at someone’s home for a delivery please let Sally know.
We had a lovely morning gardening with John, one of our members.
Community Cook Up
I would like to invite you to join us for our first ‘Meet and Eat’ Community Cook up on Friday 2nd November at 11.45 am at St Saviours Holy Family Centre, Weston Lane, Totland. It will be an opportunity to have a photo together, and I will invite the County Press. You are of course most welcome to stay to try the food we prepare after this. Here is a little information which we will be using to publicise the events, please do feel free to share the below. The West Wight Timebank and The Real Junk Food Project Isle of Wight have joined forces for their first "Community Cook Up" in Totland St Saviours Church Hall which will be held on November 2nd from 12 till 2pm, and thereafter the first Friday of each month. All are welcome, so please do come along and support this community event which is focused on addressing the unnecessary continuance of food waste in our country, but will also allow us to meet, eat and enjoy the company of others. The food we use, will be made up of at least 90% food which would otherwise end up in landfill, and is being donated locally by the Coop in Freshwater, Sainsbury’s in Freshwater and the Village Shop in Brighstone.
As the food comes to us on the day, we have no idea what surprises we will have in store for you. The menu is being created by our imaginative chef on the day Mel, who will be supported by a team of Timebank volunteers. There will be no charges made for food other than "pay as you feel" donations or offers of help on the day or in the future if preferred. Volunteers are still needed to chop the veg. Allotment We had 7 Timebank members at our autumn clear up last Friday. The next session at the allotment will be on Friday 9 th November from 9:30-11:30am. All are welcome to attend.
Regular Time Bank Events The next Coffee morning is Thursday 25 th October. Please come along from 10:30am-12pm for a coffee and a chat. If you have a plant to swap, please do bring this along. The next Time Bank Lunch will be on Friday 23rd November 2018 from 12-2pm. This will be at the End of The Line, Freshwater. Please do join us. Please also let Sally know if you would like a lift. The next Adult Drop and Swap will be on Tuesday 6 th November from 10:30-12 at Our Place at WWSCC. Donations of household goods are always welcome. We can collect if that is easier. The Family Drop and Swap is on Mondays (term time only) from 10- 12 at the Family Centre (Barnardo’s) next to WWSCC. For the next walk, Timebank members are invited to join Walkfit which is run by WWSCC. - Do you want to improve your fitness? - Not ready to join fitness classes?
- A friendly dog walking group that allows you to walk at your own pace. - Discover West Wight by foot. - Suitable for all abilities. - Group adheres to your ability. - Dog friendly. - Led by one of our fitness instructors. If you are interested in taking part in Walkfit, please get in touch with WWSCC directly 01983 752168 On the first Wednesday of the month, we hold a Time bank Book Club. If you are interested in joining a small group of us to read and discuss a book a month, please let Sally know. This month, we are reading ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’.
West Wight Timebank September Newsletter
Cream Tea Fundraiser
A huge thank you to all our volunteers and attendees at our cream tea fundraiser last Saturday. We had a wonderful afternoon and we were very lucky to have some sunshine. We raised £405 (after costs have been taken out) for Timebank funds which was a fantastic amount.
We would like to share a few quotes with you from some of our attendees:
'I think all the volunteers deserved a hug and a medal’
'I was so relaxed as the people were lovely’
'Most delicious cake I have had in a long time'
We also have a lovely write up from Deborah, one of our members about the day.
Last Sunday was our Afternoon Tea fundraising event. Sally had asked if I was interested in being involved in this and I advised her I was happy to do so. I initially attended a meeting at Ella and Nigel’s home, Bundys. Ella and Sally were both there and suitable plans were hatched. While Sally got to work sorting out the legal and quite frankly, boring, though obviously necessary duties such as ensuring all health and safety regs were noted and adhered to and suitable supplies purchased, poor Ella and Nigel were left to contemplate the implications of so readily and happily inviting what could potentially end up being a whole colony of people into there beautiful garden. Luckily on the day it turned out they also have a wonderfully supportive family who baked and washed, cleared and cleaned, while making everyone around them feel happy and welcome. I could therefore hardly blink at my own small part which was to provide a few dozen scones a carrot cake and some garden furniture on the day. However this did entail the need to involve my long suffering, superhero of a husband Richard, who has taken over the role of general dogs body, life and physical strength support, since my back decided it had given that job up four years ago.
The sun was very kind to us on the day. Setting the perfect backdrop, a blue sky, dreamy, late summer afternoon. Sally and Joseph sat, with a warm welcome for all, at the front of Bundys, which looked very appealing bedecked in its bright bunting and freshly clipped garden. Richard and I had been asked to ‘man’ the raffle, produce and book stall. The rest of the garden was filled with a happy buzz of friendly, relaxed people chatting and laughing while enjoying the wonderful selection of fresh, tempting cakes and scones donated by so many generous Timebank members. Some of these cheery members also served the refreshments from a very welcoming long table. Other members donated too and ran a ‘Tombola’ stall and Sally had secured fabulous raffle prizes from further generous supporters. Produce and books had also been donated and it was very apparent much effort had gone on, behind the scenes, to make this a successful event. Partners and husbands were heard laughing and chatting about being ‘roped in’ my own included, but all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the shared ‘Summer Garden Party’ atmosphere. This was our first experience of a fundraising event for the Timebank and it was very positive. The feeling of community and support with a common uniting goal left us feeling both satisfied and inspired.
The Real Junk Food Project and the West Wight Timebank
Faith Stickland is running ‘The Real Junk Food Project Isle of Wight’ which is about saving food from landfill. We will have donated items from the Coop on a daily basis, which we will share with the community.
We will not know what we will have until the day of the ‘meet and eat’ our community cook up starting in November , so the challenge will be to make something delicious from what we have.
We won't be able to say if the food is free from nuts eggs etc. so we will have a notice to indicate this for all, to make their own decisions about the food.
Please do share the poster information with your family, friends and contacts.
The idea is that people ‘pay as they feel’ and make a donation for the food or as a way of donation, offer to help.
The Timebank had free Food Hygiene training delivered expertly by Hilary in readiness for the Meet &Eat Cook Ups.
Autumn Clear Up
On Friday 19th October we are having an autumn clear up at our community garden in Totland from 9am-1pm. If you would like to come along and help in any way or just have a cup of coffee with us, please do
Our next Coffee morning is on Thursday 27th September at WWSCC 10.30 to 12 noon. PLEASE BRING A PLANT TO SWAP WITH ANOTHER MEMBER IF YOU HAVE ONEJ
We have two visitors from the mainland joining us for coffee this month-
Lauren and Sue from Time4Hart, a newly established Timebank on the mainland, have asked to visit us, and to find out how the WWTB operates and 'records its time exchanges
Please do come to meet them if you can, as its good to share our ideas.
Afterwards, Sally will be showing them our recording software and explaining her role in coordinating exchanges.
Does anyone want to be a swimming companion? Please let Sally know if so.
WWTB Chair’s report for September 2017 to September 2018
The third year of our Timebank was marked with a successful Big Lottery fund of £10,000 in September 2017 which has allowed us to continue building our membership and time transactions to strengthen our West Wight Community by sharing our strengths, skills and gifts with others.
Our membership has remained at the 60 mark for individuals and 12 organisational members, but some of the people and organisations have changed.
Following the data protection regulation (that came into force in May 2018), all members were asked in April 2018 to read, sign and return their permission form for me to be able to store their personal details. Anyone who didn’t return the form was removed from the Timebank UK software that allows me to record both their personal data, and their time credit account, and their paper applications were all shredded. Some people had moved out of area, some felt unable to continue with their membership due to ill health, and 6 people didn’t respond. The 23 new individuals and organisational members that have joined since May have brought our membership total back up to where it was.
Our Youngest is 26 and our oldest 89. The demographics have changed this year, with more males joining, but overall we still have more females (46) than males (13), and more over the age of 50 years than under 50 (13 under 50, 46 over the age of 50).
The hours we have given and received between us have risen from a total of 2060 for years one and two to 4000 this year, and as before have been varied, depending on requests made. Members continue to dip in and out when they wish to engage in either offering a transaction or receiving one. This reciprocity is a key feature of Timebanking exchanges- you do something for someone, and they in turn do something they are able to do for others.
The most requested transaction this year has been ‘volunteering for community events’, and this figure reflects members helping at WWSCC events, and helping to meet the schemes that have grown organically from our membership:
-Drop and Swap (Adult and Family schemes), community gardening, and our food redistribution scheme.
In addition we have continued to have individual offers and requests for gardening, DIY jobs, giving lifts, cat/dog sitting, IT help, cooking, craft work, washing and ironing, visiting, walking companion and giving other members lifts. The majority of these occur in and around Freshwater, with some in Brighstone and Yarmouth.
Since January 2017 I had wonderful support from Roger on a paid sessional role basis, but he decided to leave us on July 15th this year, so I have been picking up his work as additional hours. Innez also did some rewarding work on the memory boxes with 2 families, but unfortunately has had some health difficulties this year, so again I have been working the additional hours to meet the outcomes we gave our funders. John A out Timebank treasurer also retired from his role, so I have been keeping the books with the help of Alex and Bright Brown accountants.
In October 2017 We were delighted to receive £2,734.34 funding from the Wight Aid Foundation to buy resources to support our work, and have purchased a range of goods for example an electric bike on which to deliver the redistributed bread that Sainsbury’s local supply. We formed a partnership with Faith Stickland who runs the ‘Real Junk Food Project Isle of Wight’, and currently await confirmation that the Coop in Freshwater has signed the contract to allow Faith to collect weigh and distribute unused food for our community via Timebank members and community organisations.
The Timebank was also delighted to receive a cheque on June 28th this year for £700 from the Island High Sheriff to purchase goods, for example a freezer for the food redistribution project , in particular for our new ‘Community Cook up’ starting in November on a monthly basis at St Saviours hall in Totland. Following a Food Hygiene course due to run on 21st September, members will be prepping and cooking donated foods from supermarkets and shops in the West Wight, and serving a lunch to the public. We hope this will be an inter-generational shared lunch. Donations will be welcome, but no fixed cost will be expected. We also aim to use produce from our community garden and this year have harvested dwarf and runner beans, tomatoes, spinach, chard and lettuce. To date, this season we have shared 81 small parcels of veg with community members in the West Wight.
It would also be wonderful to receive support from our local farmers, so that Timebankers can ‘glean’ any of their surplus fruit and veg, which can be used for the cook up. This will be an aim for 2018-2019.
Many of our members contribute to and enjoy:
Our monthly newsletter
A monthly coffee morning
A 6 weekly lunch
A monthly book group
A walking group
The family Drop and Swap scheme has been very rewarding and over 220 parent/carers and children have used this weekly Timebank resource, which is based at Barnardo’s Family Centre and we have made up 12 clothing parcels to support children coming into Foster care, the women’s refuge and Homestart in Newport.
The adult Drop and Swap continues monthly at ‘Our Place’, where new potential members are asked to join us for coffee and if they wish to join, to complete their application forms and chat about what they would like to do with us. We hope to extend this scheme by taking it (and the Family Drop and Swap) to the monthly community cook ups in Totland.
The WWTB strives to maintain healthy, respectful partnerships with all organisational members, and with community groups in the West Wight, and we aim to increase our ‘reach’ to support new Timebanks over the island, and generally to extend our work to engage others to see that time as an ‘alternative’ currency that can help strengthen our island community.
I have continued to help the Newport Timebank Steering group this year to enable them to get going as they have had problems sustaining a coordinator. As I won a national Time Bank UK competition, I was able to attend a 2 day conference in London last week, representing our Timebank, listening to international speakers and networking. It was really good to see the variety of models operating, and I know some of them were keen to come over, to see how we do Timebanking island style.
We are grateful to other local funders who support our ongoing work - Freshwater Parish council gave us £300 to go towards our insurance costs, along with £100 from Totland PC and £50 from Shalfleet PC.
As we have had 3 years of ‘Awards for All’ funding, I spent April this year planning for a sustainable Timebanking future, and following an analysis of members data (summary sheet attached to this report), and with agreement from the Steering group (minutes July 11th 2018), I set up an umbrella organisation called Action 4 Support CIC. This company is a ‘not for profit business’- company number 11307451. As I have had such a positive experience of the Big Lottery funding team, and now as I had a CIC, I contacted them to discuss our future bids.
Over the last 4 months I have followed their stringent application for a ‘Reaching Communities’ Grant which I am delighted to say has now been awarded to us. This grant will allow 30 hours of Timebank coordination a week. I intend to work 24hours on a paid basis through Action 4 Support, and the additional 6 hours will be used flexibly on a sessional basis from other Timebank members. I will be working with Helen Miller the Solent funding officer for the Big Lottery on a regular basis, and hope members will be able to meet Helen when she joins in with some of our time exchanges.
The outcomes I have given the ‘Reaching Communities’ team for the following 3 year are those mentioned above, and to continue to build on the success of our members to build a stronger, more resilient, respectful community here on the West Wight, and to take our successful model to other communities on the island to start linking in to other island partners. An example of this would be to support new Timebank’s to set up, and I have started to made links with interested people in East Cowes and Sandown. This support would enable them to link up with some of the organisations in their own communities that share our core values of respect, inclusivity and a strengths based approach.
I still want to extend the inclusive work we do and if possible engage positively with people with learning disabilities to join as members, to build up and share all skills in our community.
I would like to thank our Timebank steering group members for the work they have put in this year, and who will continue to work in the same way, but will act as a ‘community project’ under the legal structure of the community interest company of which I am the Managing Director, and Debbie Wagstaff (a local solicitor) is a Director (minutes directors meeting July 11th 2018). The Timebank money from the ‘Reaching Communities’ grant will be separately accounted for, as Action 4 Support is also working on another community project -a community led housing scheme, which has its own steering group, and own project funding.
I would like to thank all members for making this such a wonderful Time banking year, and my role such a pleasure and privilege.
Founder, Chair and Coordinator of the West Wight Time Bank
Regular Time Bank Events
Coffee morning is Thursday 27th September-please bring a plant to swap with another member if you have one, and any stamps that you have collected for Jean, who collects them for the Dogs Trust
The next Time Bank Lunch will be on Friday 12th October 2018 from 12-2pm. This will be at PO41 in Yarmouth. Please do join us. Please also let Sally know if you would like a lift. J
The next Adult Drop and Swap will be on Tuesday 2nd October from 10:30-12 at Our Place at WWSCC. Donations of household goods are always welcome. We can collect if that is easier.
The Family Drop and Swap is on Mondays (term time only) from 10-12 at the Family Centre (Barnardo s) next to WWSCC.
We have been donated a lovely child’s cot and a pram/buggy combination. If you know anyone who would like them, please give them Sally’s number 07872304294
The next Timebank Walk is being planned and we will email the details soon.
On the first Wednesday of the month, we hold a Time bank Book Club. If you are interested in joining a small group of us to read and discuss a book a month, please let Sally know.
- Help with the allotment - growing, planting, digging, planning or advising.
- Drop and Swap (adults) - any household goods
- Drop and Swap (family) - any toys
One of our organisational members, the WWSCC, would like us to ask if any of our members are able to help by volunteering at their ‘Rowathon’. Below are the details of the event from the WWSCC. If you are keen to help, please kindly contact Wendy at WWSCC directly on Volunteer@westwight.org.uk. Please also let Sally know what has been agreed so that she can keep a record of your time credits (up to 5 hours).
We’re doing a 24 hour Rowathon 18th – 19th April in aid of 'Extend our Gym' and so we could do with as many volunteers as possible to help us or indeed, ROW!
We need help with recording distances, recruiting rowers for the 1000 metre challenge, helping coordinate, shaking buckets, collecting sponsors, etc. It starts at 11:00 on Weds 18th and finishes at 11:00 on Thurs 19th.
If you think you can help, I’d be very pleased to hear from you
Many thanks for everything you do to support the Centre
We have also had a request from a member for somebody to cut her grass. Please let Sally know if you are able to help.
-------------------- March Newsletter --------------------
Thank you to all those who have completed and returned the Timebank questionnaires. It is not too late to return them if you still have one to complete. Sally will be looking through all of the data collected during the Easter holidays and will put together a feedback summary to share with you all in the next newsletter.
On Sunday 8th April, please come and join us anytime between 12-4pm at our allotment. Come and chat, help advice, dig and plant if you would like. All are welcome. We have potatoes and strawberries donated to us but do bring anything you would like to plant (we have plenty of tools). If it is a nice day, why not bring a bit of lunch with you to enjoy in the garden. Our allotment is next to West Wight Nursery in Totland (behind St Saviours Primary School, next to the graveyard). If you need directions or a lift, please let Sally know.
We enjoyed a lovely walk this month with Lois and would love to plan some more walks for the spring/summer. If you have any requests for short walks in the West Wight please let us know.
Our new book club is being held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm. This month we are reading ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ which we will be discussing at the next meeting. If you are interested in joining our monthly book club, please let Sally know.
Knit and Natter
This is held on the second Wednesday of every month starting at 7:30pm in Freshwater. Please Sally know if you would like to join this friendly group and Sally can provide the details.
We have asked local allotment holders if they would like to share any gluts of vegetables with us. We also plan to approach local farmers with the same idea.
Regular Time Bank Events
The next coffee morning will be on Thursday 29th March 2018 from 10:30-12pm at the WWSCC.
The Family Drop and Swap is held every Monday from 10am-12pm. This is every week except in school holidays. Community groups have started to request the parcels of clothing, please do continue to donate clothes if you have any. Also, please do let us know if you know of a family who would like a parcel.
The next adult Drop and Swap after the Easter holidays at Our Place will be on Tuesday 17th April 2018 from 10:30-12. We would appreciate your donations for this.
The next Time Bank Lunch will be on Friday 27th April 2018 from 12-2pm. This will be at ‘Off the Rails’. Please let Sally know if you would like a lift.
We would like to wish all of our members a very Happy Easter.
A reminder that the Fashion Show is on Friday 5th May from 7-9pm at Yarmouth Primary School. Tickets are £5 and include a glass of wine. Please contact the Time Bank if you would like a ticket.
We currently need the following:
1) People who would like to offer to make a Timebank tablecloth for us to use for our events.
2) People who would like to do some gardening.
3) People who would like help with all the office related work (day-to-day printing, filing, updating databases). This can be done either in your home or at the Timebank office.
4) We need good quality donated items which can be household or clothing for our Drop and Swap.
Please get in touch with Sally if you are able to help with any of these.