Redburn Loughview Community Forum are piloting a Timebank in Holywood to support local residents with a view to sustaining tenancies.
Managed by Louise Green and supported by timebroker Monty Budde, a number of initiatives have been developed by and for residents over the last year, including a men’s shed for local men to come together to build bird boxes, and work has recently begun on a community garden for residents which will incorporate an allotment, a barbeque area and a seating area for residents to come together.
As well as developing community projects for residents the Timebank has given people the opportunity to get to know each other better as they build a better estate for themselves. It also offers opportunities for people to trade their skills directly with each other and exchanges to date have included haircuts, ironing, shopping for neighbours and befriending.
The project recently trained a number of people in partnership with SERC as literacy support tutors. These tutors have been matched with other residents who will ‘pay’ the tutors for classes in time.
To read the Housing Executive research on how Timebanking is helping to sustain tenancies please click here.