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Time Swap scheme

Time Swap is an initiative that encourages local communities to help each other by sharing time and talents.

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As a Time Swap member you can earn 'time' by doing things in your community that you enjoy, or are good at, to help other people. You can then spend that time on getting help from other people with something that you find difficult or someone in your community could teach you a new skill.

Members of the scheme 'deposit' their time in the bank by giving help and support to other members and are then able to 'withdraw' their time when they need something done themselves. Alternatively they can donate their time to other members in the scheme. Everybody's time is worth the same and for every hour of time you give helping someone you are entitled to one hour's credit in return.

Once you've identified the skills you're offering and what you'd like in return, your details will be recorded by a 'time broker' who matches up the right task to the right person and also issues Time Swap statements so that members can keep a record of how many hours they've given and received. All you have to do is turn up and show off your skills.

Time Swap drop-in sessions

A drop-in session runs every Tuesday between 10am and midday at South Normanton Library.

The next drop-in sessions are:

  • Monday 18 February 2019 from 11am to midday at Ilkeston Library
  • Thursday 21 February 2019 from 1pm to 2pm at Long Eaton Library
  • Thursday 28 February 2019 from 11am to midday at Dronfield Library
  • Thursday 28 March 2019 from 11am to midday at Dronfield Library

For details of drop-in sessions or information events in other areas of the county, please email:

Example of a successful time swap

Mrs Briggs loves having a cup of tea and a chat and Mrs Thomas is feeling isolated as she has no family nearby. The Time Swap would arrange for Mrs Briggs to visit Mrs Thomas for a cuppa and, in return, Mrs Briggs will earn an hour in the community Time Swap.

Mrs Briggs needs a little help with her garden so she contacts the Time Swap broker and redeems her hour earned for an hour of gardening from Mr Gordon, another community Time Swap member.

Examples of time swap 'talents'

Gardening, basic DIY, sewing, knitting, help with paperwork, ironing, dog walking, reading, cooking, computer skills, hairdressing, decorating, time for a cuppa and chat, plus lots more - it really can be anything.

To make sure everyone is safe we check everyone wishing to become a member to give peace of mind. We'll do all the hard work by organising the Time Swaps which allows you to enjoy being a member and being part of your community.

Costs and benefits

The scheme is completely free to join and participate in - the only currency is time. All new members will receive an hour of time when joining to be deposited in their account.

Being a member of Time Swap will not affect your tax position in any way or any entitlement to benefits.

Being involved in Time Swap activities can give you the chance to share or learn new skills in our community. People you help will be able to give you references to go on your CV and employers always see volunteering as a positive activity.

How to get involved

Apply to be a Time Swap member

If you're interested in becoming a Time Swap member please tel: 01629 532049 to ask for further 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.


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Prevention Team
Adult Care
County Hall
Smedley Street