Hello, my name is Nicki and I am the new Time Bank Development Worker. I have been in the post for 3 months now and am really enjoying the diversity of the role.
Time Bank is a skills exchange programme where members can trade their time to earn credits, which they can then spend getting something back for themselves. The scheme is a great way of volunteering flexibly and also learning a new skill at the same time, and because it isn’t a full on commitment, you can just give a few hours when it suits you.
Time Bank has nearly 200 members in North Herts, and because of its success, we have recently extended into Stevenage and Buntingford.
We also have our very active garden teams who go out to gardens on a one-off basis to get them back into a manageable state. The teams help lots of different people for many different reasons, and find the work very rewarding as it really can change someone’s lifestyle.
Prior to taking on the Time Bank role, I worked as a Business Development Co-ordinator at the Hertfordshire MS Therapy Centre. My role was to help co-ordinate volunteers, promote and develop new services across Hertfordshire, reaching out to people affected by MS and other Neurological conditions. The MS Therapy Centre encouraged me to volunteer and get more involved in my community, so over the years I have taken part in many fun days, sponsored walks, swims and most recently myself and two other volunteers took part in a 10k run. The weather was a hot 26 degrees but with a lot of effort and commitment we managed to complete the race in good time!
I really am looking forward to seeing the Time Bank develop with its ever growing numbers in Letchworth, and I am sure that Stevenage and Buntingford will be just as successful. I look forward to meeting new members and working with old members to keep the Time Bank as active as possible.