£10,000 Lot­tery boost for Time­bank

Christ­mas comes early

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Christ­mas has come early for the Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Time bank af­ter it was an­nounced on Tues­day that it has re­ceived a Na­tional Lot­tery cash boost of £10,000.

The Blair gowrie and Rat­tray Time­bank of­fers peo­ple in the town an op­por­tu­nity to ex­change ac­tiv­i­ties such as gar­den­ing, DIY and other gen­eral tasks.

The pro­ject is one of 100 com­mu­nity and vol­un­tary groups across Scot­land to ben­e­fit from grants of be­tween £300 to £10,000 and the fund­ing will cover run­ning costs and al­low the group to en­gage a part­time de­vel­op­ment worker.

The Blair gowrie and Rat tray Time bank was set up around three years ago and works by vol­un­teers swap­ping skills and ser­vices to help make the lives of oth­ers in their com­mu­nity more com­fort­able.

For ev­ery hour a vol­un­teer spends do­ing some­thing they earn one credit, which they can then claim back through the time­bank on a ser­vice they need, or do­nate the credit to a ‘com­mu­nity pot’ so that some­one who can’t earn their own cred­its can still use pro­ject.

One of the vol­un­teer time­bank bro­kers for Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray, Joanne Rice, said that they were de­lighted with the news and that the money would be of huge ben­e­fit to the group.

The group is also keen to get more peo­ple in­volved.

Fel­low time­bank bro­ker Ivy Ma­clach­lan ex­plained: “You can walk a dog, pick up shop­ping, give a lift, help fill in a form, show some­one how to work a mo­bile, just have a cof­fee and a chat, help around the house, do some weed­ing, feed some chick­ens - the list is end­less.

“What­ever you need, and what­ever you can of­fer to do is val­ued and valu­able and it is not too oner­ous.

“We are al­ways in­ter­ested in hear­ing from peo­ple who want to use the ser­vices or of­fer some time in ex­change for other ser­vices.”

She added: “As well as new ac­tive mem­bers, we would like to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take up more of the ser­vices we can of­fer.

“Time-bank­ing is not just all about ‘need’, it can be about ‘want’ as well. So maybe you would like some­one to teach you some­thing, or per­haps do your iron­ing one week.

“Peo­ple of­ten don’t like to ask, but by ask­ing for a ser­vice they are ac­tu­ally help­ing some­one else to feel as though they are help­ing and are in­volved in some­thing - there is lots of ev­i­dence that when peo­ple are help­ing oth­ers and get­ting in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties or their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties they are health­ier.”

In ad­di­tion to in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions are also in­volved in the scheme and in some cases, new groups have started up as a di­rect re­sult of a time bank ini­tia­tive, such as a new craft group.

Ivy said: “It re­ally does make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives but we rely on peo­ple com­ing for­ward to of­fer or re­quest help.

“It’s a great way to build re­la­tion­ships, cre­ate new friend ships, make com­mu­ni­ties stronger and to help peo­ple and en­cour­age vol­un­teer­ing.”

To find out more about lot­tery fund­ing visit the web­site at www. biglot­tery­fund.org.uk/ awards for all scot­land or tele­phone 0300 123 7110.

To con­tact the Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Time bank, call 07546 587306.

It does make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives

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