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Redburn Loughview Community Forum

176 residents on the Redburn Loughview Estate have joined the Timebank exchanging 2500 hours on over  600  exchanges. Exchanges have included: painting and decorating, sewing, gardening, cookery, transport and help with shopping. Whilst the Project Implementation Team continues to meet the team now largely consists of members of the Timebank discussing operational and logistical problems on the ground as opposed to more hands off community development practitioners! 

The Timebank is working to develop full sustainability and whilst it is overseen by a paid community development worker, the day to day running of the Timebank is managed by members of the Timebank based in the community.  These ‘time brokers’ have been trained by Volunteer Now.

The partnership with the Housing Executive continues to thrive and the Timebank has become an important part of the Sustaining Tenancies Strategy, supporting people to live independently.  Based on their own research and information from the Timebank Pilot monitoring and evaluation systems the Housing Executive have identified 8 advantages that Timebanking brings to a housing and tenancy sustainment context:

  • Operates outside the constraints of pecuniary systems and can be of real benefit to individuals and households on low income
  • Can be used to encourage residents to learn new skills which can help them in the labour market
  • Offers a possible means of engagement with groups who are socially excluded and might not otherwise become involved with community and voluntary activity
  • Can energise communities by recognising people as assets, rather than imposing top down, area based solutions in which individuals may have little interest
  • Can foster a sense of community, creating a sense of belonging and promoting respect, tolerance and diversity
  • Can help reduce anti-social behaviour by providing a mechanism through which young people become more integrated into the community and enter a reciprocal arrangement that affirms their worth and through which they receive support
  • Can help individuals build a supportive network of friends and neighbours, the skills to manage and maintain a home and improved (mental and physical) health and wellbeing
  • Can encourage greater participation from a greater number, and broader cross section of tenants than some of the more traditional methods of tenant engagement.

Contact details
Louise Green  rlcf@live.co.uk
Phone number: 90427994
Address: 95B Abbey Ring - Holywood - Co,Down BT18 9NU

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