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.
In our course introduction, we will go through the main aspects of the course briefly. This is in order to outline what will be covered, and to have some idea of the source structure.
We will explain the history of Timecentres and provide insight into its founders. We will also explore the first people who explored the idea of time exchange systems from around the world, giving you an idea of how widespread and influential this is.
The concept of Timecentres was actually first initiated in Wales (as you will now know from our previous lecture), and since then the idea of a Timecentre - and all it stands for - has very much been rooted in Welsh, mutualist culture. We will explain how Timecentres are so advanced and rooted in mutualist societies in this lecture.
Through instigating a Timecentre, there are many essential community values that can be reconstructed. These four main ideas are mutualism, reciprocity, collective action and social justice. We outline these main social and community values, as well as give you an insight into how Timecentres can improve and advance these ideas, in this lecture.
The way that a Timecentre operates is simple, using a basic 'one-Time-Credit-for-one-hour' system. There are four main aspects of helping your Timecentre to work successfully, which we explain in more detail here, before going into more depth with our 11 steps later on in this lecture.
We will look more in depth at an example of a successful Timecentre system that has worked many times previously, in Blaengarw, South Wales. This was the first Timecentre ever developed by the founder of Timecentres UK.
In this lecture, we will outline the 11 main steps to creating your Timecentre system in your local community! Then, in the lectures to come, we will be delving into each step in more depth - with downloadable, reusable examples.
We will go through the four main values of a Timecentre, describing each value in detail so that you can grasp a better understanding of how to implement these values into your Timecentre system.
It is important to consider what community activity is already going on in your area, and finding out how active and engaged your community members are. You can do this through taking out a social audit to measure the activity already occurring. We will explain exactly what a social audit is, and how you can best use it to measure and monitor this community activity.
An activities menu will let members of your Timecentre know how they can earn their Time Credits in a comprehensive menu of potential community activity and projects that they can participate in. We have attached an editable example of the menu via the resources.
A rewards menu will let members of your Timecentre know how they can spend their earned Time Credits in a comprehensive menu, similar to the activities menu. We have attached an editable example of the menu via the resources.
This, again, is easy to create - and can be as simple or as comprehensive as you like. It is vital to develop a membership joining form for all of your Timecentre's new members. It is also useful to include parts such as enquiring what sort of community activities they enjoy participating in, and so on. We have attached a downloadable, reusable example of a membership joining form to inspire you via the resources.
In this step, we will explain how to create perhaps the most fun, creative aspect of your Timecentre - your Time Credits! It is a great idea to get members of your community involved in the designing of these Time Credits, as it is a good way to engage your community as well as to promote your new Timecentre. We have attached an example of a Time Credit, as well as a form of Time Credits both issued and received, via the resources.
Developing a communication network is important if you want to let people know about your success and keep them up-to-date with what is going on in your Timecentre. In this lecture, we will explain the concept of communication networks, as well as how you can utilise yours to assist your Timecentre.
This step is not essential in creating your Timecentre, however it may be important in helping you to gain success. It will help you to monitor the progress of your system, so you can track how your Timecentre is operating. We will provide examples of this evaluation framework within this lecture.
Now that you have the foundations of your new Timecentre in place, it's time to start recruiting members of your local community to join your Timecentre and start interacting and becoming active in the community. We will therefore explain some great examples of ways you can promote your Timecentre, in order to attract new members to get involved. We have attached an example of a Timecentre poster via the resources.
You're nearly there! You should now have the basis for starting your Timecentre, and now we will explain exactly how you can go about running and maintaining your Timecentre after it has been initiated. We will also suggest a few community activities and community-focused ideas you can start your Timecentre with.
After you have completed your Timecentre, and it is up and running successfully, don't forget to celebrate what you are achieving and your community's success! It is also optional to keep monitoring your Timecentre's progress, in order to really witness the expansion, however this is not necessary.
Now that we've gone through the 11 main steps to creating your Timecentre, you may be wondering about the finer details of your future system. Mainly - where exactly could your Timecentre take place? Your Timecentre could optimally take place in a building in order for it to work and provide somewhere for your activities and events, however this is not essential. We will explain in full detail in this lecture.
Recruitment is often one of the most difficult parts of setting up a Timecentre, which means keeping those recruited members active and contributing can be just as difficult. Mainly because, once you've got those initial members signed up, how can you actually keep them active and involved in the system? We will provide you with a few vital tips in this lecture.
One of the best ways to keep your Timecentre going successfully is to integrate it into the local community seamlessly, and really utilise it as a vital part of your local area. If you get your friends, family and neighbours involved, and make sure to include everyone in the process, then they will feel like your Timecentre is an inclusive, valuable part of your community. Find out how to do that in this lecture.
Now that you have learnt all about how to create an effective Timecentre model for your local community, it's time to take those 11 steps, go out and get started! Here is a brief summary of how you can do this, taking all of the steps and previous lectures into account, in a summary of what we have learnt.
Now that you have developed your Timecentre, and hopefully have it off the ground, here's a brief lecture to explain exactly how to use your Timecentre successfully. You can also use this to guide other people in your local community, and enlighten them about how to make the most of this new active, helpful system!
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!