Every Friday from 1 to 3pm at the Parish Hall, Victoria Road in Freshwater members and the general public meet together to enjoy all that is going on.
This includes weekly craft sessions, which are proving to be very popular.
It is intended to be a bit of fun, a chance to chat, an opportunity to learn a new skill or enhance an old one, and perhaps learn about a skill from another participant. Make something for yourself, and if you can make some extra for the well-being boxes that are also being made up that is great.
We have a coffee and chat table, our eco refill scheme, teracycle scheme, a table where we make up the family food bags.
At 2pm we have Faiths food van- The Real Junk Food Project IW where everyone can choose food on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.
Timebanking is a system in which everyone could make a contribution, and in which everyday human skills are recognised and valued. It offers real incentives for people to connect with each other and be part of a supportive Community.
So we are now offering a Drop and Swap exchange to support people in our community.
- Drop off unwanted items of adult clothing or goods and take away an equal number of items that others have donated.
- Individuals can take items away as needed.
No individual will be turned away, even if they are not able to donate any items.
Individuals using the exchange must take full responsibility for the goods they take away. Timebank Members will check the condition of all donated items to ensure that they are suitable for exchange, but are not responsible for any loss or damage sustained thereafter.
Any items donated to the Drop and Swap scheme will be sold at car boot sale if they are not taken within a month, and the profits going to our Timebank fund.
The name of our additional scheme running from June to December 2020 is The West Wight Timebank box scheme. This is addition to our normal Timebank activities both current and those that will continue when the government restrictions are eased.
The activities planned are in direct response to the needs of both Timebank members and their families, many of whom who are self-isolating or shielding and our fellow community members whom we hope to support further through the WWTB box schemes.
The scheme aims to address some of the practical, emotional and mental health concerns that we have due to Covid-19. In particular, loneliness, social isolation, food poverty, and anxiety over the consequences of the virus for each family. We ensure that in accordance with government guidelines, that any goods are left for 72 hours before being delivered and the coordinator uses personal protective equipment to maximise safety for all.
The need for this scheme is evidenced by both by local feedback of what is currently lacking as a community response to the awful virus, and a wider understanding drawn from a recent survey of over 1000 island resident responses, stating:
Over half of the respondents were concerned about affording the basics-food
77% are concerned about their mental health
90% are concerned over the health of loved ones
56% are spending time outdoors in their garden.
The Timebank box scheme will address these needs, and make a difference to people’s everyday lives, understanding that even though we may be isolating and socially distancing, it is important to remain connected, maintain our relationships and meaningful interests which give us a sense of purpose, an opportunity to contribute using our skills and build stronger social networks.
The Coordinator spent time at the beginning of the scheme talking on the phone or by Zoom or WhatsApp to members to find out if and what they would like to contribute to, as we made 4 different boxes for the scheme which were delivered to people’s homes following safe distancing and government advice. This additional emotional support given in a person centred manner maintained the trust and relationships we have gained over the 5 years we have been running, and still allowed people to dip in and out whenever they wished based on their own health, circumstances and confidence levels.
A growing vegetable or fruit box, made out of donated free pallets, by individual Timebank members (delivered to their door to make following coordinators discussion of their skills). The lining is made from donated plastic bags in line with our plastic reusing scheme. The box will then be delivered to another member who would like to contribute their time and skills (and their family to give the scheme an inter-generational feel). The member and their family will then fill it with compost (provided by Timebank), and plant vegetables (either those they have grown themselves as long as not grown in fresh manure as per our existing policy for the allotment which is currently closed due to the virus, or given by Timebank) e.g. a salad box may contain come again lettuce, radish, spring onions, small tomato plant and some herbs. Fruit boxes could contain strawberries. This will then be delivered as a gift to the doorstep of a Timebank member who is self- isolating, particularly those who are vulnerable, isolated, or lonely, or don’t have a garden. We currently have over 100 members.
Our Growing box scheme is now available to order for members of the public who live locally, alongside our members: Pallet boxes can be made up into growing boxes on request, filled with plants (fruiting or vegetables) of your choice. Just let Sally know if you would like to order one 07872304294
We started making well-being boxes during lockdown, and have continued to do so, as they are so well received by members in the community. At the moment, we are making them for carers in the West Wight. We have delivered over 100 in the last year, as a gift of kindness.
The average box contains items made or donated from at least 5 members for example, a pot of homemade jam or pickle, a story written by a member, a plant, a home- made bag or purse, 2 cards made by members, a book, and some smellies.
The 10 to 12 families (different families for each scheme below) per week we have supported over the last 3 years have benefitted from:
Fresh fruit, veg and bread using produce from Dave’s shop in Brighstone,
The next scheme we ran was to make up simple bags for a pasta or rice meal for a family, and provide a recipe and all the ingredients needed.
The next scheme allowed us to donate 5 pounds to Faiths Real Junk Food Project IW to make up a family food bag with cereals, bread, fruit, veg cakes and treats and tinned food.
These parcels/family food bags are all free of charge.
We are now on our third round of grant money for this for 10 new referrals from Family Liaison workers, health visitors, head teachers and school staff, church and community workers.
They identify families who are struggling, and these are delivered to their doorstep (with their permission to have their address). These families tend to be either working full time, disabled or have extreme difficulties travelling anywhere. They can have a bag weekly, fortnightly or monthly.
Families are also encouraged to come for food on a Friday to our community market for Faiths ‘pay as you feel’ food. But, if they are struggling and need the Timebank’s help, we can always find food and deliver it.
To enable a fairer spread of families who receive support if needed, we usually limit the scheme recipients to 1 scheme (average of 12 weeks), but this is always flexible, and some families have had a year of weekly deliveries.
As food poverty increases, so does our support.
Drop and swap bags for children and their family. These are pillow case sizes bags, made up of from items that have been donated to the scheme, including tins, dry goods, plants clothing, toys, books and Christmas items selected by the Timebank members or Timebank coordinator following training already undertaken with Barnardo’s on toy safety, for different ages. Many of the items will be new, but some will be nearly new so the clothes will be washed by members, toys will be checked and cleaned when collected.
10 boxes a month will be made up, but these will be distributed from September 2020 to December 2020 months, and priority will be given to families in consultation with the churches, nurseries and schools, and they may live outside the West Wight.
Update November 2020:
To date we have delivered 10 personalised family drop and swap bags. Families are encouraged to return clothing or toys that their children have grown out of (if they remain in good condition) so they can be repurposed for another family to benefit from in future.
The Timebank has received donations of bulbs from community members and 21 of these have been planted up and donated to organisational members of the Timebank in the West Wight.
We have also delivered a further 13 hanging baskets with donated plants to community members in November 2020.
With the kind permission of West Wight Nursery, we have a local community garden in West Wight.
We have 6 established beds, worked by a team of 9 members each week on a Monday morning. We've had had crops of potatoes, beans, courgettes, tomatoes, rhubarb, parsley, radish, beetroot and onions, which we share between ourselves, but give 50% away to the community market, or to a member for chutney.
Are you doing your bit to save the planet?
You can find us at Timebank’s community market at the Parish Hall in Victoria Road, Freshwater, any Friday between 1 and 3pm. Enjoy a cuppa and a chat, and bring your empty bottles to refill with eco-friendly products.
We now have a number of lovely customers but would love to increase our numbers, so please spread the word! We can all do our bit to help the planet…
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Timebank members meet regularly for guided walks in the West Wight area and beyond. These walks are currently on hold due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Every fortnight, on a Wednesday morning, members meet in different areas of the West wight for a litter picking session, followed by a coffee afterwards.
We ran a successful Drop and Swap table at the
Our Place community cafe in Freshwater once a month between 2017 and early 2020.
Drop and Swap was there on the first Tuesday of the month and community members were able to bring along something they no longer needed and swap it for something they wanted.
In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, this project had to be halted in March 2020 due to the potential risks around cross-infection from items donated and collected.
In 2019 the Drop & Swap was expanded to include the monthly Meet & Eat sessions at St Saviours Holy Family Centre in Totland.
Neither the Drop and Swap or the Meet and Eat sessions have been able to continue since the Coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.