We did it
On 8th May 2017 we successfully raised £3,418 with 46 supporters in 42 days

We are raising funds to help our Cambridgeshire Timebanks continue to fight loneliness.

by Cambridgeshire Timebanking in Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thanks to all our wonderful supporters we have exceeded our original target of £3,000!! We have therefore decided to stretch our target to £3,400 and any extra monies raised will be used to help us fund the following:

  • A trip to the seaside for our Timebank members
  • Our annual Christmas parties
  • A new hot water pump  - much needed in our coffee mornings!

Please do pledge if you can.

Many thanks and warmest wishes,

The Cambridgeshire Timebanking Partnership

 

 


We are raising funds to help our Cambridgeshire Timebanks continue to fight loneliness. Loneliness can affect anyone at any stage of their life whether you are a new mum, a pensioner who has outlived their friends, or moved to a new area. 

THE SAD FACTS

  • Over 29,000 people over 65 live alone in Cambridgeshire but it’s not only the elderly who are affected by this silent disease, as Timebanks know full well.
  • Studies suggest that Britain is the loneliness capital of Europe – we are less likely to know our neighbours or have strong friendships than people anywhere else in Europe.
  • Dementia, high blood pressure, alcoholism, depression, paranoia, anxiety and suicide, become more prevalent when we lack social connections. Loneliness is as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

WHO ARE WE?

Cambridgeshire Timebanking is a partnership involving Cambourne, Littleport and Ely, Houghton and Wyton, Somersham, St Ives and Warboys Timebanks.

The Partnership now has over 500 members, from 6 to 96 years old, who have given more than 18,000 hours to help each other and their communities.

Timebanking is a way for local people to come together and help each other by exchanging knowledge, help and skills.

In a Timebank everyone’s time is equal - one hour equals one hour. A Timebank member can choose to spend an hour of their time helping an elderly neighbour to the local shops and in return they can spend that hour on any services which other Timebank members are offering, whether it be gardening, IT support or companionship.

The exchanges can go on and on, as do the new friendships, connections and networks that are made. Members feel less isolated and more supported in their own community.

WHY DO WE NEED THE MONEY?

Loneliness is a quiet devastation.

It is a key issue which impacts people’s health and wellbeing. We want to reach more people in their communities in need of companionship and social interaction like Julia:

‘Julia moved to the area to be near her husband who is in a residential home. When she first moved she felt very lonely as she did not know anyone in the village. However, since joining the Timebank she has met many people and has developed a network of friends and support’.

Your funding will have a positive impact on the lives of many other Cambridgeshire residents like Julia by helping the Timebanks run the following activities:

Cook and Share sessions

We all know food brings people together. These sessions allow members to share their cooking skills. From Swedish to Indian to Portuguese, it’s a culinary feast! Everyone get to sits down to enjoy the meal at the end.

Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings provide the opportunity for Timebank members to come together and support each other. Guest speakers are often invited to share information on subjects from health to opportunities in the community.

Community Walks

Community walks are a great way to get members up and active in their community. Walks can be led by members and are paced for all abilities, from health walks to buggy walks, everyone can get involved.

Skill Sharing

Everyone has something to offer! We want to give members the chance to share their skills. Crafting sessions, computer skills and gardening are just some of the opportunities to come together and enjoy learning something new.

Events and Festivals

Timebanks support members to put on their own events in their community, from science fairs, litterpicks and community quiz nights they bring the whole community together.

We know that everyone has something to offer – skills and wisdom to pass on to their community, whatever their age. An hour at a coffee morning, a weekly walk with a fellow Timebank member or helping with DIY can help break the silence of a day.

If you believe in the value of strong, connected, communities; please join us by donating and help us to make a real difference locally.

 

  

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

3 of 30 claimed

£5 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and virtual Timebanking group hug. Have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire

£20 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£20 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire A Chutney recipe from Timebank member Hattie, aged 10, including a specially designed label for your jar.

£20 or more

1 of 30 claimed

£20 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire A rhubarb and vanilla jam recipe from Timebank member Jenna, aged 9, including a specially designed label for your jar.

£50 or more

1 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire A cake recipe from Claire Green, a Houghton & Wyton Timebank member, and a message on why they love being a Timebank member. Bake the cake and share with family, friends and colleagues. A unique Connections Canvas, designed and created by a Timebank Supporter - your own piece of art!

£100 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£100 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire Have a cup of tea with a friend on us. A knitted tea cosy from Agnes a Littleport & Ely Timebank member. Have a digital photo restored by Hank Sweet, a Houghton and Wyton Timebank member A personal message from a Timebank member A name check on our quarterly newsletter A shout out on social media!

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank Two spaces to join artist Paul Barmun at his art class with Cambourne Timebank A unique Connections Canvas, designed and created by a Timebank Supporter - your own piece of art! Get knitting with Somersham Timebanks Twiddle Muff pattern, donate creations to dementia patients in Cambridgeshire. A personal message from a Timebank member A shout out on social media A mention in our newsletter

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank Knitting or Crochet workshop for up to 6 people in Littleport Get knitting with friends and colleagues with Somersham Timebanks Twiddle Muff pattern, donate your creations to dementia patients in Cambridgeshire. Littleport TB merchandise for all who attend! A personal message from a Timebank member A shout out on our social media channels A mention in our newsletter

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire 10 people from your work or family will join Somersham Timebank on one of their planned nature walks, meet Timebank members and join them for a coffee afterwards. A personal message from a Timebank member A shout out on social media! A mention in our newsletter

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire A Chinese cookery workshop with Elsa & Tammy in Somersham for up to 6 people A personal message from a Timebank member A shout out social media! A mention in our newsletter

£500 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank and have that warm feeling knowing you have helped fight loneliness in Cambridgeshire A Indian cookery workshop with Shrobona in Cambourne for up to 6 people A personal message from a Timebank member A shout out on social media A mention in our newsletter

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

A ‘Thank You’ email from Cambridgeshire Timebank A Timebank coffee morning for 20 at your business or home, we will bring the tea and cake for you to enjoy. A hand knitted tea cosy by Agnes a Littleport & Ely Timebank member A Lemon Drizzle cake recipe from Claire Green a Houghton & Wyton Timebank member to help you bake in the future A personal message from a Timebank member A shout out on social media A feature piece in our newsletter


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