Rushey Green Time Bank and Mcmillan Cancer Support launch Timebanking
On Friday 28 September we attended the launch of Rushey Green Time Bank and Macmillan Cancer Support's joint project, Timebanking. The event took place during a Macmillan Coffee morning at PLACE/Ladywell and was attended by Ruth Leonard, Head of Volunteering Development at Macmillan Cancer Support.
Timebanking is a way of engaging and becoming a part of the local community. Essentially it is about 'paying it forward'. You offer your time and skills on a project or activity that is taking place locally and by doing this, you bank time. Which means you can request help or a service for the equivalent amount of time. So every hour you spend helping someone else, you can claim back.
People often join Timebanking as it is a way of:
- becoming a part of the community
- helping others and feeling fulfilled
- sharing knowledge and skills
Rushey Green Time Bank has developed a number of initiatives people can participate in, including a pilot Cancer Support project.
Timebanking will be running from October until the end of the year with the aim of offering more support to people affected by cancer living in Lewisham.
Simone Riddle, Community Projects Lead, Rushey Green Time Bank said:
"We know that having a cancer diagnosis can be an isolating experience, but we also know timebanking is a great resource to connect people to one another to receive emotional and practical support including help through the time bank's skills exchange and DIY Club, accessing socials, events and outings, and connecting to Macmillan support through monthly drop-ins."
Rushey Green Time Bank is celebrating its 20th year anniversary later this year.
If you know anyone in Lewisham who could benefit of this support (patient, family member, carer) please contact Rushey Green TimeBank via 07544996722 or email@example.com to receive more information.