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TimeBank Hull and East Riding

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. In each case the participant decides what they can offer. Everyone’s time is equal, so one hour of my time is equal to one hour of your time, irrespective of whatever we choose to exchange. Because timebanks are just systems of exchange, they can be used in an almost endless variety of settings.

11 August 2015
Yorkshire and Humber
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Hull Dementia Action Alliance , Yorkshire & Humber Dementia Action Alliance, East Riding Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

TimeBank Hull and East Riding is an active partner of the Hull Dementia Academy (DA). We encourage all members to take part in DA training when they join and promote the DA routinely.

As well as the wider community, we are working with organisations whose primary role is to support people affected by dementia in both statutory and third sectors promoting timebanking as a mechanism to enable members to contribute and receive support.

Older people, their families and carers can all join the time bank. Through exchanging skills and making connections, time banking can

  • Build social networks through making new contacts, or by taking part in a befriending scheme.
  • Provide practical help eg DIY, help with shopping or dog walking.
  • Enable people to feel valued by providing them with opportunities to take part in their community and share their skills.

An evidence base is developing to support the theory that social interaction and social networks both prevent the onset and slow the rate of decline in dementia. Compared with those with low social vulnerability, individuals with high social vulnerability had a 36% increased odds of experiencing cognitive decline (Rockwood, 2010). Furthermore, remaining active and engaged in later life is seen as a significant preventative factor in developing dementia (Middleton and Yaffe, 2010). Therefore, it is likely that remaining socially active can play an important role in preventing and slowing down dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Early Intervention: Our experience so far demonstrates that it is important to identify people with dementia and their supporters as early as possible in order to enable both to build connections, be able to contribute and receive support via the timebank. This is important for the reasons outlined above (to prevent/slow down dementia) and to build a support network for the carer.

Given that many services now work with people later, with staff roles mainly concerned with assessing and signposting, it is essential that we raise awareness of timebanking and build partnerships across a broad range of settings, area teams, third sector organisations and primary care as well as increase our community membership. Taking a community development approach is essential to achieve this as is supporting the development of greater community literacy around dementia.

2. Actions

  • Promoting Dementia Awreness training for volunteers

    Promoting Dementia Academy training to our membership and the wider community. Organising DA training for time bank members.

  • To work with other organisations, working with people with Dementia

    Increasing our membership of organisations working with people with dementia with the aim of recruiting their client group to the timebank and extending connections beyond group to the wider community. Case Study:  ‘Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group” – TimeBank members facilitating activity sessions and supporting people with dementia to become active contributers to their communities.

  • To introduce Timebanking at Memory Clinics

    Incorporating timebanking within care planning at Memory Clinic as a mechanism to connect, contribute and receive support.

    Being implemented
  • Developing a "Buddy" system

    Developing a dementia ‘buddy’ scheme where timebank members who have received DA training are connected to people with dementia and their carers.

  • To engage with Primary Care services

    Promote timebanking to primary care with the aim of recruiting people early in diagnosis of Dementia