Our CEO Phil Pyatt reflects on his first five months at TimeBank

Nearly five months into my time at TimeBank, I thought it was a good time to update you on how everything has been going.  The longer I spend at TimeBank the more I can see the brilliant work that we do, and that there are so many great projects helping beneficiaries across the country, expertly supported by our dedicated volunteers.

Since my last blog I’ve had the pleasure in visiting Ali who leads our Shoulder to Shoulder Online project in Scotland.  Thanks to the generosity of the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT), over the next 18 months we are able to build on our previous work with ex-service men and women who have been affected by mental health issues or having difficulty adjusting to civilian life by piloting a new online video mentoring platform to link 30 beneficiaries with online volunteer mentors.  This is an exciting project as we look to test innovative technology in the delivery of our work, and I’m looking forward to updating you on our progress. 

Our Talking Together project funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) offers informal, everyday language training to marginalised residents - primarily women - who have little or no knowledge of English. Our practical input helps transform lives, open doors and contribute to community integration.  I had the pleasure of being allowed to sit in on one of the sessions in East London and could see first hand the impact in just that one session on the confidence of the women taking part and how much fun they were having.  The Talking Together team has also grown, and it’s great to welcome Anita, Aleksandra, Lucy and Ayan to TimeBank. 

These are just a few of our projects, and as we move the charity into its 20th year in 2020 we are looking to segment our volunteering projects under five delivery categories:

  • Social Isolation
  • Community Integration & Cohesion
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Education & Employment
  • Environmental & Regeneration. 

We’re always looking for new partners so if you are interested in chatting to us, please do get in touch. 

Over the new few months as well as the delivery of our current projects, we are working hard on securing new and existing funding so we can continue our work beyond this year, looking at new projects where the need is greatest, and building a new website which will launch in the autumn so we’re better able to highlight and recruit for our work. 

None of this is possible without our volunteers, and one of the highlights of this job is getting to meet so many of them at our regular get togethers and understand what makes them commit so much of their time to help the beneficiaries they support. Really inspiring stuff! 

So, five months in, there’s still plenty to do, and I’m looking forward to updating you more in the next couple of months!