The new Angus Time Bank was launched by NHS Tayside Chief Executive Gerry Marr at St Margaret’s House in Forfar, last week.
The Time Bank provides opportunities for older people living in Angus to volunteer to share their skills and talents with others whilst also benefiting themselves.
It is delivered in partnership between NHS Tayside and Volunteer Centre Angus.
Joining Mr Marr at the launch was Gary Malone from Volunteer Centre Angus, volunteers and representatives from Angus Carers Association, Angus Council, No 10 Volunteer Centre Dundee, Tayside Police and staff from NHS Tayside.
The Bank operates in a similar way to a normal bank in that participants joining Time Bank ‘deposit’ their time by giving practical help and support to others and are able to make a ‘withdrawal’ when they need something done themselves.
Time Banks work on the premise that everyone’s time is valued equally: one hour equals one time credit.
Participants can spend their time credits on the skills and support of other participants when they need a helping hand.
Time Bank credits can range from making phone calls to sharing meals and giving lifts to the help with shopping, DIY jobs and gardening - anything that brings people together.
Chief executive Gerry Marr said: “I am delighted to launch Time Bank in Angus which is an excellent example of partnership working between NHS Tayside, Volunteer Centre Angus and local communities.
“NHS Tayside has a strong commitment to volunteering and Time Bank will help encourage older people to volunteer and continue to make valuable contributions to their communities.”
Gary Malone, said: “A Time Bank is a really good opportunity for the people of Angus to help a sense of neighbourhood through people working together and improving lives in the community.”
Time Bank is co-ordinated and run by Volunteer Centre Angus in Arbroath.
If you would like more information on the Angus Time Bank or would like to join the Time Bank please contact Carol at the Volunteer Centre Angus by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Arbroath (01241) 875525.