About time banking

Time banking is easy

A time bank is a new and exciting way for people to come together to help others and help themselves at the same time. Participants ‘deposit’ their time in the bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to ‘withdraw’ their time when they need something done themselves. Time banks measure and value all the different kinds of help and skills we can offer each other. In a time bank, everyone becomes both a giver and a receiver.
Everyone’s time is valued equally: One hour = 1 time credit

Participants can spend their time credits on the skills and support of other participants when they need a helping hand. People help each other out with everything from making phone calls to sharing meals and giving lifts to the shops – anything that brings them together. As such Time Banking has an economic benefit as well as improving well-being and building social networks.

PGTB currently has over 300 active members, a figure which is growing weekly.  We take referrals from the staff team at the Practice, and are also open to the whole community. People self refer, and come to the timebank through word of mouth and through meeting us at local events or coming also to our drop in which is every Monday at the Practice. We also work with a broad range of organisational members and their communities.

We are committed to supporting the growth of time banking both in Southwark and Lambeth, and also nationally by working in partnership with Time Banking UK. We also offer support to local people and organisations who wish to use coproduction as part of their day to day activities.

We’d love you to join us! Contact us on 0208670 0990 or email broker@pgtimebank.org


Time banking is fun


At Paxton Green Time Bank we believe that everyone has something special to offer – cooking a special meal, helping with a much needed clean or shop, reading or writing with someone, showing them how to use a computer or surf the web, going for a walk together or sharing a coffee – and it can be as simple as giving a lift, sewing on a button or planting a seed.

We also have lots of social events and member led group activities to get involved in! Have a look at our events section for details.

Reciprocity is at the heart of our time bank – that means to us, asking for help is just as important as giving.

Here are some of the skills and talents in our time bank.

  • Advice on pain management
  • Befriending
  • Book lovers to join our Book Group
  • Car maintenance
  • Computer help
  • Help with de-cluttering
  • Help getting back to work
  • Low maintenance gardening
  • CV writing
  • How to use a drill
  • Walking companions