Behind the scenes at TimeBank...

Hi, I’m Rozina Sabur, I've been volunteering with TimeBank as a member of the Youth Advisory Group (or YAG!). Six of us have been advising TimeBank (as the name suggests) on how to make aspects of their organisation more youth orientated or more accessible to young people. This has been a pilot scheme running throughout the summer.

We all really enjoyed our time as YAG members, and we like to think we’ve made a difference to TimeBank, and Junction49 in particular, as two of our projects were connected the Junction49 website. For one of our projects, we planned a short explanatory film for the Junction49 website, to explain how users can make it as user friendly as possible. Working on projects such as this makes you realise how worthwhile being part of YAG is.

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We were given training in public speaking as well as training in working with set criteria and working as a group to make decisions.  As well as having the advantages of knowing we’re making a difference, and the training involved, we had the added bonus of a mentor from the TimeBank staff to help us develop and enable us to give our maximum to TimeBank.  Mentoring was a really great bonus to the advisory group, from my own mentoring I was able to learn more about PR- which I’m considering as a future career option.

Though we were giving our own time to TimeBank it’s a great way to get things back; you meet lots of interesting people, have fun working with your fellow group members and get involved with lots of opportunities you wouldn’t be able to otherwise sample. Tonight we’re giving our feedback to Helen Walker, the Chief Executive of TimeBank, and discussing with her the impact we think we’ve had and what needs to happen from here.

Watch this space!