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Bill and Gilly's Time Swap

Lots of residents have used our Time Swap scheme – swapping some of their time helping others and banking time that they can then use receiving help. Read some real life experiences.

Bill Dommett, 68, said:

“I first heard about the scheme through a local 50+ forum meeting, where it was mentioned by another member.

"It sounded a good idea, everyone helps one another doing things they’re good at.

"You can give what you have to offer and others can do the same. Not everyone can do everything, so it’s perfect.

"I have building experience, so can do odds and ends around the house – things like patching walls and other small repairs here and there.

"It’s good for anyone who feels they have something to offer, even if that’s having a cup of tea with someone and keeping them company – it all makes a difference.”

Gilly Pepper, 61, said:

“I’m part of the 50+ Forum in Dronfield where I first heard about Time Swap , it was being discussed in a meeting.

"I didn’t think much of it at the time but then I got a letter in the post a few days later. It was all about Time Swap and had a list of the kinds of things I could do for people – and at the time the house was in need of some repairs.

"I thought it would be a great idea, there’s lots I can’t do, but lots I can do as well. I help people with shopping, sewing, ironing and gardening, these are things I’m good at and I do anyway, but they’re things that not everyone can do.

"In turn, a man came to do some emulsion work in the kitchen.

"If you’re on your own you’re making friends too, which is brilliant. It makes you really feel like part of a community.

"I’ve mentioned it to as many people as possible and would love to see more people involved.”