Timebank South West is a registered charity with over 10 years working in Plymouth at a neighbourhood and citywide level. Its three key objectives are to:
- Reduce social isolation and loneliness
- Increase participants’ sense of wellbeing
- Create informal volunteering opportunities
Timebank South West is looking to welcome new Trustees to its Board and is seeking individuals from all sectors and those with an additional experience of wellbeing, health, community development or older persons.
Timebanking is a reciprocal, informal exchange of knowledge, interests, and skills (neighbours helping neighbours. People earn time credits for helping others which they can then spend on getting help or learning a new skill from any Timebank member. Typical exchanges are gardening, cooking, walking dogs, talking, cleaning, hobbies, community events, arts and crafts etc.
We currently have nine Neighbourhood Timebanks across the city: Barne Barton, Devonport, Efford, Ernesettle, Honicknowle, North Prospect, Plympton, Stonehouse, Whitleigh. We hold weekly socials in all nine areas for people to connect and make new friends to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.
As well as our day-to-day Timebanking offer, we are also a partner of Plymouth’s Integrated Care for Older People (iCOPE) initiative. The iCOPE model is community-based and designed around the needs of the older person (65+).
We aim to encourage older persons to get involved with Timebanking to help keep people as well as possible; reduce the risk of admission to hospitals or care homes for preventable causes and maximise their quality of life.
We are looking to welcome new Trustees to our Board. We are seeking individuals from all sectors and those with an additional experience of wellbeing, health, community development or older persons. A general understanding of strategy, governance, finance, HR, fundraising, and marketing would also be of benefit.
Each trustee must have:
- A commitment to the mission of Timebank South West including a commitment to equality,
diversity, and inclusion
- A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
- Strategic vision
- Good, independent judgement
- An ability to think creatively
- A willingness to speak their mind
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of
Timebank South West.
Timebank South West takes good governance seriously. The statutory duties of a trustee board member are to:
- Contribute actively to the board of trustees by giving firm strategic direction to Timebank South West, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets
- Ensure that Timebank South West complies with its governing document (constitution), charity law, policies and procedures and any other relevant legislation or regulations
- Ensure that Timebank South West pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
- Ensure Timebank South West applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. For example, it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be
- Safeguard the good name and values of Timebank South West
- Ensure the financial stability of Timebank South West
- Trustees are expected to be an external ‘ambassador’ for Timebank South West and timebanking.
In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of Trustees reach sound decisions.
This may involve leading discussions, identifying key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, and evaluating or offering advice on other areas in which the trustee has an expertise.
The board meets bi-monthly typically for one-and-a-half hours, usually 4-5.30pm. The board meets face to face and on Zoom. Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings.
There are three subgroups that meet bimonthly (in the same month of the full board meeting):
- Strategic Direction
Trustees are invited to commit to one or more of these subgroups or to attend the meetings as and when they are able.
Please complete the form below to apply