The new programme aims to tackle loneliness, isolation and inactivity among people aged over 50. Through earning and spending Time Credits, local people will be supported to develop community connections, learn skills and make new friends.
Spice, the charity behind Time Credits, was founded in South Wales and has since spread across the UK. Time Credits encourage individuals to volunteer for the community by giving them a Time Credit for every hour contributed. Time Credits can be ‘spent’ on community, cultural and leisure activities in the local area and across Spice’s national network of partners, which includes attractions such as Blackpool Tower and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The West Cheshire Time Credits programme, delivered in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, and local organisations, forms part of the Second Half Fund, a new fund from innovation foundation Nesta and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
West Cheshire based organisations signing up to the programme will receive training and ongoing support to introduce Time Credits in their organisation or group. We provide Time Credits and work with partners to identify local attractions, services, or opportunities that we can approach for spending opportunities.
For more information please contact Sarah Taylor, West Cheshire Time Credit Network Manager by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07481 916278.