The idea is simple – as a Time Swap member you can earn 'time' by giving help and support to other members in your community. This could be things you enjoy or are good at.
You can then spend that time on getting help from other members. This could be help with something that you find difficult, or maybe someone in your community could teach you a new skill. If you prefer, you can donate your time gained to someone else.
Time swap is flexible, there's no regular commitment and you choose how often you want to swap.
The scheme is completely free to join and participate in - the only currency is time. All new members receive an hour of time when they join which is deposited in your account. Time Swap will not affect any benefits you claim.
Time Swap activities can give you the chance to share or learn new skills and meet new people in your community. This could also help with seeking employment in the future.
How it works
All requests and offers from members will be co-ordinated by local Time Swap officers who will advertise them in a monthly newsletter.
If you'd like to offer or ask for help with something you'll need to contact your Time Swap officer who will organise the swap.
What you can swap
You can swap gardening, cuppa and a chat, crafts, basic DIY, computer skills, knitting and sewing, dog walking. The list is endless. Everyone has something to offer.
See our Time Swap stories to see what skills our members have been swapping.
Find out more
You can find out what's happening in your area:
Timebanking UK quality mark
We are members of the national organisation Timebanking UK who support Time Bank schemes like ours all over the UK and Internationally. We are delighted to announce we have been awarded their Timebanking UK Quality Markwhich recognises the excellent work happening throughout Derbyshire.
Apply to be a Time Swap member
If you're interested in becoming a Time Swap member please tel: 01629 532049 to ask for more information. We'll send you a membership form and questionnaire to complete and return so you can tell us about your talents. Or download the membership form and questionnaire attached to this page and send it back to us.
To give all members peace of mind, and to make sure everyone is safe we ask for 2 references.
Once your application and 2 references are received, your local Time Swap Officer will contact you to arrange an induction to get you started.