I am the founder and coordinator of the West Wight Timebank which was set up as a community group with charitable aims in September 2015 and is now encompassed under Action 4 Support CIC.
My mission is to develop a network of flexible and diverse timebanks across the Isle of Wight.
In March 2020 I was awarded the St Thomas Award by the Bishop of Portsmouth for her 'exceptional contribution to the community and to the Church'.
I am Debbie Whiteley, married with three adult children. Since the birth of our first child, about thirty years ago, I have been an active volunteer, enjoying helping organisations fulfil their potential.
I started working with playschools, play groups and school helps. I went on to volunteer at our local, newly opened museum, but found my niche when I started to volunteer with adults, with additional needs, at a local Mental Health hospital. A challenging role which brings enormous pleasure as I help to empower the groups, that I still work with.
As former High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, I have had the privilege of seeing the West Wight Timebank in action. I found it both humbling and inspirational, and I am so thrilled that the list of projects you now have in mind will enable more and more Islanders to benefit from your experience, insight, energy and kindness. I know that everything you do is underpinned by 5 core values – Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy: values that can only result in a better society for us all, and indeed values I wish we could detect in every aspect of our lives. The world would be a much better place!
Sally as lead coordinator for the West Wight Timebank is supported by sessional workers, their details are below
Gina joined the Timebank in 2019 and quickly became involved in all the activities on offer. She soon started talking with Sally about how Timebank could do something to address the issue of single use plastic waste in the environment.
A bit of research around the island enabled them to meet a lovely lady in Ventnor who had been running a plastic refill scheme from her shop for several years. After visiting, Gina and Sally were inspired to make something similar happen in the West Wight. After looking at various venues, they decided the best format was a pop up. Luckily, several venues welcomed the scheme to their premises on a monthly basis and prior to lockdown, the scheme was running successfully.
At each session, members of the public were invited to bring in their empty bottles to be refilled with eco-friendly products. Several schools were also interested and the scheme was due to start there too. Of course, all this stopped in March but undeterred, Sally and Gina are now re-imagining how it can work in the future.
Gina is also looking into the possibility of making eco bricks – so watch this space…
My background is in Education and Children’s Services and I taught in mainstream comprehensive education and managed statutory Children’s Services Teams for Hampshire County Council and Step by Step, a young person’s homelessness charity in Aldershot. Retirement to the Isle of Wight was a blessing after all that!
When we moved here I looked for volunteer work at the Food Bank and in doing so came across West Wight Timebank. I worked with Sally initially as a volunteer and then undertook some fundraising leading to cooking monthly at Meet and Eat in Totland and now preparing and making recipe bags and jams and preserves for the well being and food boxes which are distributed across West Wight. This links with The Real Junk Food Project who provide most of the ingredients for the project.
I love to cook and also supported Shalfleet Lunch Club with hot lunches for Shalfleet residents during lockdown. I’m never bored and always have a project on the go or at least a plan in my head; if I ever run out of ideas there is always the garden to dig, a husband to feed and a posse of cats to serve.
Long may it last!
The West Wight Timebank is overseen by a steering group:
Further details of steering group members is listed below:
I am on the steering group committee for the Timebank and I help out with collating the newsletter and the day-to-day activities.
It is good becoming a Timebank member, you can do lots of things and it is good working with Sally. We will need lots of help with things when lockdown over, come and help!
I am a passionate about the circular economy as the way forward so support all that Timebank stands for and especially the opportunities to work together in our community.
On meeting Sally in 2018 I was immediately impressed with the whole community feel to this organisation and was drawn in to becoming a board member!
I have had homes in all parts of the island but Freshwater parish feels very local and very friendly. Other towns have felt distant with less connection to its island residents.
At the same time of meeting Sally, I set up my own CIC "The Real Junk Food Project Isle of Wight" which sits very well beside the Timebank initiative. We have worked in collaboration on such projects as the Meet and Eat cook ups and the lunch box scheme, summer and autumn last year. During the pandemic both companies have had to change shape somewhat, expanding through our eagerness to find positive solutions, bringing with it the continued help from its Timebank members.
West Wight Timebank has been awarded the Timebanking UK Quality Mark™.
The Timebanking UK Quality Mark™ is awarded to time banks that adhere to the core values of timebanking and operate in such a way that they develop, support and celebrate good timebanking practice as recommended by Timebanking UK.