An informal conversation and guide to the sometimes confusing world of volunteering.

Bowled over

Apparently cricket can make you a nicer person (the England Cricket team must be a good bunch).  StreetChance, a project aimed at bringing cricket to disadvantaged communities in London, has found that the game can bring down racial barriers and improve discipline. It's also a brilliant way to prevent young people from hanging around the streets and getting bored. It's even initiated contact between rival communities. A great idea.

Come on England and best of luck at the Oval!

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The rat race

Whenever I get into work early I struggle to cross London Bridge in the ‘wrong’ direction. That is against the traffic of all the city folk suited and booted rushing to get to their desks.

This morning I took a couple of photos. And it struck me that volunteering is both a way into the rat race (80%of employers value volunteering on a CV) but also an escape from the rat race.

How brilliant is that? Why not give it a go yourself.


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Chain of thought

I heard about an idea for a project on Junction49 today that I think is really nice and would be good to share with you all...

A group of young people want to help break down barriers between cultures and religions by using a fun and modern twist on the old fashioned chain letter. They want to run drama based workshops in schools and youth clubs. These workshops will be filmed and each workshop will explore the personal experiences of its members. These videos (or media cards as they are known) will then be sent to young people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, helping to raise awareness and break down barriers. The hope is this will keep happening - just like a chain letter works.

If you want to see more great ideas like these have a look on Junction49. And if this has inspired you, why not offer to help and get involved?

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Our Story

It started as a secret.  Meeting once a week and it was just us.  Now more people are getting to hear about it and it’s getting slightly scary because we’re about to let everyone know – but really that’s a good thing.

What on earth am I talking about?  The TimeBank blog of course.  A group of TimeBankers have been writing blogs to see how we get on and now we’re ‘going public’.  We’re blogging because we want to let you know what we’re up to, create debate around volunteering and most importantly, we want to hear what you’ve got to say.  Why not be a guest blogger?

Welcome to our blog – we hope you enjoy it!

P.S. Don’t forget, we’re experimenting with what works and what doesn’t so comment or email – your feedback is really helpful.

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