How To Set Up a Timecentre in Your Local Community

Timecentres are beneficial for all! You can create a Timecentre that enables your local community to become more active.
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2,618 students
How To Set Up a Timecentre in Your Local Community
Rating: 4.0 out of 5 (13 ratings)
2,618 students
Understand what a Timecentre is
Understand the history of Timecentres
Learn from an example of a successful Timecentre model
Understand the use of Timecentres on a global scale
Create their own Timecentre in their local community
Create their own Time Credit currency for their Timecentre
Reinvigorate a social hub in their local community
Engage with their local community
Understand the activities and groups needed in their community
Understand how they can recruit members to help out and get involved in the system
Learn from resources, such as reusable documents and examples
Understand how they can utilise a Timecentre fully


  • You will need to have Microsoft Office installed on your computer, as this is the format in which the downloadable, reusable examples are accessed.
  • It would also be beneficial to have some understanding of the importance of active communities
  • Students would also need a positive mindset to help set up their own Timecentre to benefit their local community!

The Timecentre model can be beneficial to everyone in any local community. This course is all about explaining a Timecentre fully, and how exactly this system can be successfully created and operated in your local area.

Simply, a Timecentre is centred around a local community, which enables the residents to become active and engaged in that community. It is a model that allows members of the community to earn an alternate currency (called Time Credits) through giving their time and helping out with the running of any community group or activity in the area.

This model traditionally revolves around a physical place within that local community, such as a community centre. This allows the centre to become the social hub of the area, and a place to hold the community groups and activities that people can make use of by giving and receiving Time Credits.

In this course, we will explain this Timecentre model in more detail, and provide a breakdown of the 11 main steps you should take in order to implement a Timecentre. We aim to help you set up a Timecentre in your local community, enabling the people in your community to become more engaged and involved with helping each other.

This course makes it easy to start up your own Timecentre, through providing you with all of the information in a simple, step-by-step format. We also provide downloadable, and reusable, documents that make up the framework of a Timecentre. You can base your Timecentre upon this framework, and edit these examples for your own use. This would therefore make it easier for you to initiate this local system and run long-term.

The course takes a step-by-step, predominantly video lecture format, with informative breakdowns and simplifications of each of our steps.

This course shouldn't take a hugely long time to complete, although it would be beneficial to take your time with each of the steps, and make sure you fully understand what to do. Therefore, you may benefit from going over the course more than once, to get the most out of it.

You should take this course if you want to understand what a Timecentre is, the history of Timecentres, and if you want to learn how you can utilise this model and create your own Timecentre as a social hub in your local community.

You should also take this course if you want to see the positive impacts that comes with an active community. And particularly if you want to be the one to provide for your local community. This course contains a lot of inspiration for how you can engage your community through a Timecentre, assisting to helping one another to reap the benefits of a helpful, inclusive local society.

People of all levels can take this course, whether you are an expert about community benefit companies, volunteering and helping out in your local area, or whether you are a beginner who wants to learn more.

However, the course would probably be more helpful for people who class themselves more as beginners in community matters, and for those who would like to understand the Timecentre model in more detail.

Who this course is for:
  • This Timecentre course is designed for people who are not familiar with the idea of a Timecentre, and want to understand it and utilise it into their local community.
  • This course is also designed for people who want to find a way to engage with their local community, and create a system that truly works to engage residents, through reinvigorating a social hub in the area.
  • This course is designed for people running a community building, and want to increase the use
  • This course is designed for people who want to see fun activities going on in their local community
  • This course is designed for people who are interested in sustainable development
  • This course is designed for people who want to see their community members become more active and energetic
  • This course is for people who have some understanding of community benefit projects, and want to learn more
  • This course can be for people who are unsure how they can benefit their local area, and want to find out
  • This course is not for individuals who are experts in Timecentres or community benefit projects
Course content
4 sections • 23 lectures • 1h 2m total length
  • Course Synopsis
  • A Brief History of Time Exchange Systems
  • Timecentres - Rooted in Mutualist Societies
  • Reconstructing Mutualism, Reciprocity, Collective Action and Social Justice
  • How a Timecentre Works
  • An Example of a Timecentre
  • An Outline of the 11 Steps to Creating Your Timecentre
  • Step 1 - A Timecentre and its Values
  • Step 2 - Social Audit
  • Step 3 - Develop Your Activities Menu
  • Step 4 - Develop Your Rewards Menu
  • Step 5 - Develop a Membership Joining Form
  • Step 6 - Create Your Time Credits
  • Step 7 - Develop Communication Networks
  • Step 8 - Develop an Evaluation Framework to Measure Activity
  • Step 9 - Recruit Members
  • Step 10 - Start Your Timecentre
  • Step 11 - Celebrate!
  • Where Timecentres Can Be Created
  • Keeping People Engaged
  • Making Your Timecentre More Relevant
  • Summary
  • How To Use Your Timecentre

Community and Timecentres Expert
Dawn Davies
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  • 11,480 Students
  • 2 Courses

My name is Dawn Davies, and I run a community organisation called Timecentres UK, operating from South Wales. This organisation is all about promoting and installing Timecentres around the UK, which helps aid active citizenship in local communities.

I enjoy promoting local communities, and inspiring local people in these communities that they can create positive change in their areas.

I consider myself an expert in all things to do with local communities, and encouraging change and benefitting local people. I wish to teach others how they don't have to rely on others, the government, council, or any other organisations in order to benefit their local area. Change begins with one person - and that one person can be you!