Erewash time bank scheme clocks up 100th member

Geoff Rann put a mirror up for Lynda Watts in an exchange arranged through Time Swap.
Geoff Rann put a mirror up for Lynda Watts in an exchange arranged through Time Swap.

An innovative community project which gets people helping each other by swapping time and skills has just signed up its 100th member.

Time Swap is a Derbyshire County Council scheme set up to allow local residents to get support with odd jobs, learning new skills and building stronger community relations.

Members can earn ‘time’ by doing things they are good at for other people, which can then be spent getting help with things they might find difficult or cannot do themselves.

The county council spokesman Julie Vollor said: “The Time Swap scheme is a brilliant idea and we’re thrilled that Erewash has signed up its 100th member.

“It really brings the community together and as well as saving people money, can also help with feelings of loneliness or isolation.”

Erewash Time Swap has been running for just over two years and so far more than 120 successful exchanges have been arranged in that time.

Brian Scattergood, 79, from Risley, has become the 100th member of the Erewash scheme after seeing it advertised in the council’s quarterly residents’ magazine, Your Derbyshire.

Julie said: “We’d love for more members to sign up around the county, so pop down to your nearest drop-in session and see what doors the scheme can open for you.”

Time Swap is completely free to join and take part in, and will not affect your tax or benefit arrangements.

All new members automatically receive an hour of time, and regular drop-in sessions are held across Derbyshire where people can find out more about the scheme.

The next local opportunities are on Monday from 11am to noon at Ilkeston library; and on Thursday May 25, 1-2pm at Long Eaton library.

For details, see www.derbyshire.gov.uk/timeswap or call 01629 532049.