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Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank

by Carers Network
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
Help 50 Carers Share Skills in our Unique Timebank
A carer with their special commendation
A carer with their special commendation

After successfully running the Carers Time Bank project in Hammersmith & Fulham for the last year, the project has come to an end.

To mark the end of the project, Time Bank members attended an exclusive event to celebrate everything the project has achieved on Wednesday 25 July at Westminster City Hall’s Lord Mayor’s Parlour on The Strand.

As part of the event, Carers Network’s Chair Steven Bramley provided four Time Bank members with special commendation awards for their significant contribution to the project – with all other members receiving a certificate of participation.

A highlight of the evening was members volunteering to speak about the impact the project has had on them and how it helped them develop confidence.

Members also shared their favourite memories of the project by writing it on a postcard as well has having the opportunity to be photographed giving their Time Bank resolutions. We’ve included some of these photos in this report.

Even though the project has finished, we are confident that the carers who participated will continue to provide a fitting legacy to the project by using the skills and confidence they gained to continue to meet up and help each other.

We’d also like to send a bit thank you to you, our donors, without you we wouldn’t have been able to run this project that helped so many carers.

Please keep your eyes peeled for exciting new projects that we are working towards.

A carer with their special commendation
A carer with their special commendation
Carers
Carers' Time Bank Memories
A Time Bank Resolution
A Time Bank Resolution
A Time Bank Resolution
A Time Bank Resolution
Carers getting creative at the event
Carers getting creative at the event
Rose and Time Bankers with their angels
Rose and Time Bankers with their angels

The H&F Time Bank has kicked off with a craft-tastic start to the year with members attending and giving workshops, and a chance to visit the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia London.

Combining craft and well-being, in February members had an opportunity to make an eye-pillow, a restful mask that encourages relaxation and better sleep, under the guidance of trainer and certified nutritionist Emma.

Taking up needle and thread (in some cases for the first time in quite a while), members successfully sewed their own lavender-scented pillows, quite a feat in under 2 hours!

What members said:

  • “Emma was very patient and  instructive”
  • “I thoroughly enjoyed this activity”
  • “very therapeutic.”

Inspired to take the next step, in March Time Bank member Marzyeh took the plunge and prepared her own workshop for members.

Carefully prepared and teaching with humour and clarity, Marzyeh showed fellow members how to make a beautiful beaded angel decoration.

Her students were delighted with their creations, and Marzyeh herself said that teaching a group was a new experience she wouldn’t have had the confidence or the chance to try without the Time Bank. 

What members said:

  • “Enjoyable”
  • “Creative”
  • “An opportunity to challenge myself.”

Finally, despite the Beast from the East causing snowy disruption across London, members had the opportunity to visit the Kensington Olympia Knitting and Stitching Show at the beginning of March.

The Time Bank Monthly Meet-up runs on the Third Wednesday of the month at Bishop Creighton House, from 11:45am–1:45pm.

The activities and workshops put on are based on members’ suggestions and skills, and members are encouraged to get involved if they have ideas or interests they would like to share.

The Time Bankers
The Time Bankers' Beaded Angels
Carers Time Bank Members at the Sky Garden
Carers Time Bank Members at the Sky Garden

Members of the Carers Time Bank project in Hammersmith & Fulham enjoyed a trip to the Sky Garden in the heart of the City of London on Wednesday 31 January 2018.

The group took in spectacular views across the capital from the 35th floor and relaxed together over a coffee and chat – while enjoying a very well-earned break from their caring role!

The group had a great time, with one carer saying, “I really enjoyed today’s outing – a change from the normal routine,” and another adding, “I didn’t know anything about this place…It’s beautiful, peaceful, calming, interesting.” Several carers mentioned how much they enjoyed having a chance to be together with other carers, and that the outing gave them a chance to relax.

The next Time Bank meet-up will be on Wednesday 21 Feb, this will include an activity session where members will learn how to make an eye pillow and find out the potential health benefits of using one.

Thank you for donating towards this campaign, as we would not have been able to successfully launch this project and offer local unpaid carers these activities without your generous support!

The menu looks good!
The menu looks good!
It
It's thumbs up for the Sky Garden , and the view!
Rose welcomes the group to launch event
Rose welcomes the group to launch event

We are delighted to share news of our work to expand the provision of the Carers Time Bank. 

On Wednesday 18 October 2017 we launched an expansion of our work in a new area of London – the London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham, with an event at the Polish Social and Cultural Association.

Here, local Hammersmith & Fulham  carers came together to hear from the new time broker, Rose Edwards, and to learn more about the Time Bank and what it can offer.

The local carers attending were able to meet each other, enjoy a creative activity, have a relaxing hand massage and share their skills.

At the event 13 carers registered to become a new Time Bank member.

The expansion of our Time Bank project into Hammersmith & Fulham wouldn’t have been possible without your kind support.

Now the project has launched the members will meet regularly on the first Thursday of every month for a coffee morning. The first of these was on Thursday 2 November.

At these coffee mornings Time Bank members get updates on the project, plan skill shares and arrange future Time Bank events and activities.

The group will meet again on Thursday 7 December 2017.

A new Time Bank member enjoys a hand massage
A new Time Bank member enjoys a hand massage
New Time Bank members getting creative
New Time Bank members getting creative
A Time Bank
A Time Bank's member's creation!
A Recent Carers Time Bank Crochet Skills Share
A Recent Carers Time Bank Crochet Skills Share

It’s happening

Last November we set out ambitious plans to ensure that more people could access our unique Carers Time Bank project.

With your generous support, we reached our funding target and we are now delighted to be able to share the news that the project has started.

This month we have recruited a new Time Broker who will be working one day a week to help expand the Time Bank’s provision across central London. This role we will be delivered by Rose Edwards, who has been working with Carers Network in other capacities since 2013.

We are confident that this project is going to be a success and everyone at Carers Network wants to take this opportunity again to thank you for helping make what we thought were quite ambitious plans, into a reality.

We look forward to updating you on progress with this project in our next report.

 

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Carers Network

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Daniel Anderson
London, United Kingdom

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