Your Contribution Comes in
Many Shapes and Forms
From performing practical tasks, befriending someone, running errands or sharing food grown in the garden, help can come in many ways.
What's your currency?
What is Timebanking?Timebanking is a way of spending one hour of your time, helping someone out and earning one time credit in return. This can be spent on receiving an hour of someone else’s time or, where available, things like theatre tickets or day trips. You could learn something new or share a skill you have like cooking, speaking a language or playing a musical instrument.
Is there a charge?No money is exchanged. If your request does require money, such as a lift in a car, you would be expected to offer reasonable petrol money to the driver.
How do I get started?If you are interested in joining the time bank just give us a call on 07445436628 or email us on email@example.com. We will then arrange a time and place that is convenient for you and talk to you about what you would like to get from the time bank and what you would like to give.
Do I have to earn credit before I can get help?No, you can ask for help straight away. As long as you intend to earn some credits in the future, we are happy for you to have spent more hours than you have earned.
How quickly will someone reply to my offer or request for help?Your request or offer may not be responded to immediately – it just depends on the other people in the time bank and whether your offer or request is needed at that time. Timebanking works at people’s own pace.
How will I know I'm safe?Before you start 1-2-1 exchanges, we will ask for two ‘Character References’, which can be from anyone that knows you for a long time such as your doctor, family, friends or colleague. You choose who we contact. We will ask you to agree and sign our ‘Values & Code of Conduct’, which explains what we expect from you once you have joined the Time Bank. All members involved in an exchange will meet each other with the time bank ‘Broker’ before exchanging skills. The time bank ‘Broker’ will also attend exchanges.
What happens if I can't spend my credits?You can donate credits back to the time bank ‘pot’. These credits can be made available to individuals and organisations. You can also donate credits to another member that you nominate, or you can simply save them.
Will timebanking affect my benefits?Absolutely not. The Department of Work and Pensions have agreed that timebanking hours can count towards job seeking hours.
Can organisations get involved?Yes! Organisations can give and receive in the same way that individuals can. They can swap under-used resources, professional skills, spare tickets or training places, meeting room space and lots more. Ask us for a leaflet for more ideas.
Can I help in the running of the Timebank?Yes of course! Timebanks are based on the principle of coproduction, sharing skill and working collaboratively, the Timebank belongs to all its members. As well as running activities, members can help to complete the daily tasks.
Do I have to live in Lambeth and Southwark?We support anyone who lives or works in Lambeth and Southwark, but we accept people that are further afield who can get to us (See location and map).
How the Time Bank Cycle Works
1. Megan has one Time Credit and needs help planting her new tree.
2. Megan contacts her Time Bank Broker to ask for help to plant her new tree
3. The Time Bank Broker contacts Harry that enjoys gardening, to ask if he can help plant the new tree.
4. Harry accepts the exchange.
5. The Time Bank Broker and Harry visits Megan's garden to plant the tree.
6. Megan spent one Time Credit receiving help from Harry to plant her new tree. Harry earned one Time credit planting Megan’s new tree.
*All new members earn one Time Credit for joining Paxton Green Time Bank.
How It All Started
Our mission is to provide a support network for the people of Southwark and Lambeth, by building a skill-sharing community. This increases respectful interaction between people living in the same area but has diverse cultures, backgrounds and abilities.
The Paxton Green Bank was founded in 2008 by Dr Brinkhurst and Dr Gemma Anson GPs, based at Paxton Green Group Practice (PGGP), who realised the need to support their isolated patients in Southwark and Lambeth.
Years of activity
Hours shared between members
The Timebanking UK
The Quality Mark covers such areas as financial management, planning, training and safeguarding, and is an assurance that your time bank adheres to the principles of best practice.
Civic Award 2022
A new Civic Award that celebrates those who work over and above the call of duty to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, enable good community relations, tolerance and understanding.
Meet the Team
- Social Prescribing
- Asset Sharing
- Donations and Funding
Public transport options:
450 (3 minutes walk away)
Kingswood Drive / College Road (Stop D)
Kingswood Drive / College Road (Stop N)
3 (8-minute walk away)
Dulwich Wood Park / Kingswood Drive (Stop B)
Dulwich Wood Park / Kingswood Drive (Stop Q)
322 (10-minute walk away)
Gipsy Hill Gipsy Road (Stop C)
Gipsy Hill Gipsy Road (Stop H).
National Rail Trains
Sydenham Hill Rail Station (4-minute walk away)
Gipsy Hill Rail Station (12-minute walk away)
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