North Herts CVS Time Bank, the community skills share project, hosted a free Halloween themed event last week. The fun day was held in Letchworth’s Brotherhood Hall, and over a hundred people came along to take part in lots of different craft activities!
The event, which fell in the half term break, was set up to encourage new and existing Time Bank members to get involved and to demonstrate how Time Banking is a great way to volunteer, even for busy families. Time Bankers relished the opportunity to share their crafting skills with people of all ages, making spooky themed face masks, decorating ghoulish cakes and crafting pipe cleaner creepy crawlies!
I had great fun showing the children how to make flapping bats from wool and card, as well as paper Jack-o-Lanterns…. and I think the children had just as much fun! It’s always a pleasure to share crafting skills to earn Time Bank credits, and this event was a great chance to show people what we do and what they can get involved in. We had members sharing lots of skills, including knitting and crochet classes, cake decorating, and origami, which really shows how diverse our collective skill base is!
Time Bank Development Worker Nicki worked hard to publicise the event in order to encourage families to sign up as Time Bankers, and the fantastic turn out was testament to how the scheme is a great way to be a part of the community.
In addition to their crafting skills, current Time Bank members boast a broad range of skills including IT coaching, sewing alterations, language lessons, dog walking, child care, DIY, gardening and help with filling in forms. Skills exchanges can really be anything members need help with, and every hour a member earns through their chosen skills is then banked ready for them to spend when they need help themselves…. I’ll be saving up the hours I earned at the craft event for when I next need a dog sitter!
The Time Bank, which operates across North Herts, Buntingford, Royston and Stevenage, has grown immeasurably in recent months and offers a great way to help develop local communities and increase social interaction. It’s free and easy to join too…. just visit www.mytimebank.org.uk, call 01462 689405 or email email@example.com to join now.
A post by Time Banker, Emily