A voluntary for volunteering

Blow the trumpet! “Research has shown that people who volunteer often live longer”, says Allen Klein. So in the interests of longevity, eternal youth, and the like…

TimeBank is a national volunteering charity. It aims to support everyone to find rewarding volunteering, whether an individual, a big corporation or a small business. It does four main things: mentoring programmes; employee volunteering; youth programmes; and its people volunteer too. Currently on its database: volunteering opportunities near EX1.

Confusingly, there is also Timebanking, which looks similar to LETS and other organisations we’ve mentioned in previous posts. “Timebanking is a means of exchange used to organise people and organisations around a purpose, where time is the principal currency.  For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to ‘withdraw’ equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need.”