Milestones in setting up this timebank

Before showing the timeline of the developments, here's the fortuitous meeting that occured on 3rd July 2011 between Erica Tate (who has been assisting in running London timebanks since 2005), and Paul Crosland at the Action for Happiness tent on the Hastings prom:

October 2011:
Community Development Workshop in Hastings:


1st recorded meeting -preparing for the 28th November 2011 launch of "St Leonards Sharing" timebank at the White Rock Hotel:

St Leonards Sharing Timebank ( - linking Hastings, Bexhill & all who want to unlock their power & skills: caring4all
2nd Steering Committee Meeting -7th November 1.30-3.30pm
Agenda items
1) Apologies & Membership of the Steering Committee (Paul) -1.36
2) A round of introductions (All) -1.46
3) Checking-in from those people who have taken actions in support of the timebank since the last meeting -1.56
4) Questions from the Timebank membership (Zelly/Erica) -2.06 Do you earn a Time Bank Credit per hour - or per job?   Do you simply accrue whatever time was taken with the job done - ie if it's 20 mins, you accrue 20 mins Time Bank time? Are all jobs of equal worth?  I'm hoping so.  A skill = a skill = a skill, etc... How will it be monitored that the hours are recorded?  Time given, time taken, etc?  I presume we're starting from a position of trust - that people will be honourable and respectful? Will we be able to ensure that people know which areas are covered?  Or - would it be better not to limit things with any 'land boundary'?  Simply say 'this project has been organised by St Leonards Sharing, but it's open to anyone who wants to be involved, wherever you are'? Would it be a good idea to have an 'OTHER' category on the Skills & Needs Questionnaire - with a blank space?   For those with other skills to offer - or those with imaginations that stretch and bubble?!  [Maybe a large space for 'OTHER' is needed, should people have multiple skills that are beyond those mentioned?]
5) Information about 14th & 21st November events (Erica) -2.12
6) Support requests for 14th & 21st November (Erica) -2.18
7) Information about 28th November (Paul) -2.24
8) Support requests for 28th November (Paul) -2.30
9) Information about 30h November & GEMS (Paul) -2.36
10) Support requests for 30th November (Paul) -2.42
11) Suggested dates for next 2 steering committee meetings (Paul) -2.48
2.48pm ish:
12) A round saying what it is we got from the last hour that we appreciated -2.58 13) A round saying what it is we'd like from the remaining time -3.08 14) Rounds of replies to the above -3.18 15) Any Other Business -3.24 16) TEA & CHAT - whenever"
2nd recorded meeting -preparing for the 21st November 2011, 28th & 30th -please be in touch about how you can support these events:
Part 1 of 3:

Part 2 of 3:
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Part 3 of 3:
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"St Leonards Sharing" Consortium
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Timebanking & the (social care) personalisation agenda:

Zelly's question about the 1 hour time unit -or otherwise:

The (earlier) -mid October 2011- Press Release:
Timebanking arrangement set up between 'St Leonards Sharing' and Sussex Police.
Community votes for Mediation Support & Private Investigation of Pier Fire

The anniversary talks about the Pier Fire (held at Southwater Area Community Centre) attracted police from three parts of East Sussex, Action for Happiness activists from Hastings & St Leonards and various other "critical friends" and members of the community. Each participant was given £600 (virtual money) to spend on trying to move things on with relation to the unclear and unresolved incidents of 5th October 2010 on the pier. What the group chose to spend the money on mostly was "Mediation Support, Community Mediation in general & more training in St Leonards from the (London based) Centre for Peaceful Solutions". Second most popular was the idea of setting up a fund for a private investigation or an investigation which was independent of the police. More of what was said that night -and what films were shown about "Restorative Justice" is on . One participant, Tony May, who writes for the "Hastings Town" magazine described the evening in 5 words as "relevant, important, challenging, enlightening & emotional".

The next day a letter from the Police HQ in Lewes was sent to thank those who arranged the evening for the “very apparent large amount of time and effort taken in planning & preparing for the meeting” and expressing the wish for more liaison over Restorative Justice and Community Resolutions.

On Monday 10th October the co-ordinator of the local Police Community Resolutions project, Elize Shult, visited the hastings & St Leonards Mediation Support & Action for Happiness office to investigate further the idea of joining the St Leonards Sharing Timebank, which is a way of swapping hours amongst a whole group of people so that skills are shared on an equal basis without money involved. "We all have skills to trade, and timebanks are an excellent way of accessing each others skills and building community", says Paul Crosland. "As an example of this, it was a priviledge to have the Centre for Peaceful Solutions run a training event here (that would have usually cost £6,000 or so) as a result of a group of people offering a few hours of their time & getting creative in making it happen."

What the police are looking for is support with Restorative Justice and they are offering engagement with a community project called "Soundspositive", which brings together those at risk of offending with police and police support staff in order to build a live show together to perform a night for family, friends and public. This was done last time at The Roomz, Western rd, St Leonards. Alison Cooper, Soundspositive co-ordinator, says of the last event: "It was challenging for most people in various ways but most incredible. The support and trust shown by everyone was heart warming."

"Putting hours of time into a timebank and having a timebank brokers support in finding creative ways to have your hours repaid is all wonderful stuff", says Paul Crosland. "However, we live in a monetary economy too and the progress of this work will be made much easier if as many readers as possible go on-line and vote for "St Leonards Sharing" to be awarded £6,000 from the NatWest bank in their CommunityForce Scheme.
It takes  4 minutes  to support this work through  registering, checking your email to confirm registration and then voting for the development of a "more caring & sharing Hastings & St leonards" to be funded for 12 months by the NatWest bank": The web address is: and more details, if you are too late to vote, you can still
Learn about the project there and VOLUNTEER (please). If volunteering doesn't work for you negotiate please to earn Timebank credits.
And here's a background web-site made earlier(2007 to be precise); the talk from Jonathon Porritt that this leads to is most timely. In these transition times the task is to unleash the great creative potential we have; potential to re-imagine community and then build a better & less-wasteful world: