Create a new economy for the 21st century where people share skills, ideas and time

by Timebanking UK

About the project


Tipping Point £4,000
Time to Print £7,000
Time to Get the Word Out £9,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
We all know that the environment needs protection. But we are not all yet as aware of the dangers facing our social environment - our families, social networks and communities. The same toxic forces that have damaged the ozone layer and threaten our natural resources are also placing enormous strains on the quality of our lives as social beings. There is now a social imperative to reconnect with one another and recognize that the everyday skills, the caring and sharing and the hospitality that everyone can give and receive are valuable resources that can be utilized once again for our common good.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
The Happy Planet Index shows that people in the UK are the least likely to know their neighbours and have the worst family relationships in Europe. Undertakers report that every month there are on average 200 funerals in the UK to which absolutely no-one comes. In any secondary school in the UK with 1,000 students - 50 will be severely depressed, 100 will be distressed, 10-20 will be suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder and between 5-10 girls will have an eating disorder. Doctors in England write over 30 million prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs each year.
What is your solution?
Timebanking is an increasingly popular social innovation and is based on time credits. For every hour of social action you receive one time credit. You can spend your time credits on ‘buying in’ skills on offer from other members of the social network. This unique ‘social money’ is proving to be every bit as real to people as the cash in their pockets or the blips on their credit cards. It offers people incentives and a safe framework to ‘give and take’ - to once again freely exchange their skills, to share in acts of kindness and to strengthen the social environment. It uses the latest IT systems to reconnect people to the places where they live. The computer also acts as a ‘collective memory’ of who is good for a favour and who will pay one back. It is a much loved, sustainable and recession proof ‘local currency’ that matches unused resources with unmet needs and places a high value on social relationships, social networks and community life.
How will you deliver this?
The book is the first to be written on timebanking in the UK and reminds us just how much we need each other. It shows us that human beings are ‘hard-wired’ to co-operate and explores the different approaches that people are now using to break free from an ill advised dependency on financial remedies to our social problems. It is an invitation to change your life and that of those around you, to enjoy a richer and happier life and be a part of a powerful new social movement.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Visit the Timebanking UK website:
  • 5 minutes
    Read publicity materials on the Timebanking UK website:
  • 15 minutes
    Forward invitations to invest to families and friends
  • 30 minutes
    Forward information among work colleagues and networks
  • A few hours
    Read the book
  • Regular time commitment
    Join a time bank and change your life

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Theresa Burton 27 May 2011 - 12:40

A new blog from Martin - "The Collaborative Production of Social Change"

Theresa Burton 06 May 2011 - 13:07

Missed joining Martin's crowd-funding champaign and want to get his book? You can buy it from:



Theresa Burton 31 March 2011 - 20:24

Martin has written a blog post on his crowd-funding experience -- read all about it here:

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Theresa Burton 21 March 2011 - 14:19

Congratulations Timebanking UK on reaching your 1st milestone!

Just as a note to those following this project:

Two charities have contributed £1,000 and £1,400 respectively - in the current version of our website we don't yet have a "donation only" option (we look to build this in a future version), so this has been booked as £10 x 100 and £10 x 140. Thus "Player" has over 256 units purchased.

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Nick Burton 12 January 2011 - 09:14

Sounds like a really interesting project, Looking forward to seeing the final version...

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Timebanking UK- Cultivating an environment for timebanking to flourish. We are a ‘think and do tank’ that links and supports time banks by providing inspiration, information, guidance and practical help. Our vision is of a world in which people can receive all they need for their own well being in exchange for contributing whatever they can to strengthening their communities, caring for the marginalised, bringing up healthy children and making democracy work. We are currently focused on building a new, creative, interdependent and purposeful network of like-minded individuals and organisations that are committed to a civil society, community empowerment and social justice.

Geographical coverage

Within UK

Our track record

We have grown from an idea into a network of over 250 time banks involving over 20,000 people. As a tool, Timebanking is used by communities, local authorities, voluntary agencies, schools, health centres, hospitals, housing organisations, prisons, environmental groups and many others to bring alive their community engagement practices.

Who do we help?

We are bringing mutuality back into the DNA of society and work with both the general public and with hard to reach groups to improve individual wellbeing and build capable communities. Time Banks are a rewarding and fun way for local people to come together as active and caring citizens. These new social networks make communities safer and local people happier and more fulfilled. By sharing skills and giving and receiving practical and emotional support people are generating their own ‘social capital’ among neighbours of all ages, abilities, financial backgrounds, races and religions.

How do we deliver this?

• Building a new social movement • Networking – international, interdependent network of thinkers and doers • Training - introductory and advanced courses in all aspects of timebanking • Time Online software, national data base, Digital TV, SMS & social media • Telephone / e mail / on site advice, information and problem solving • Partnerships with voluntary, statutory and corporate groupings • Promoting best practice, quality standards and issuing a kite mark • Awareness raising, media management, promotions and publicity • Campaigning and lobbying policy makers and opinion formers • Research and testing new models and new applications

Awards And Recognitions

Castlemilk Time Bank – Queens Award for Volunteering Rushey Green Time Bank – Partnership Award – Department of Health Clapham Park Time Bank - Regeneration Award – London