Community builders from Torbay Community Development Trust use timebanking to help people change their neighbourhoods into the positive places they would like them to be.
Torbay Together allows local people to find out what’s available in their community, from their community, in a way that matches their interests or needs. Members can earn time credits and engage with a whole variety of support services, social groups and volunteering opportunities.
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Supported by the Ageing Well Torbay programme, one of the aims of the Torbay Together platform is to reconnect communities and reduce social isolation amongst the 50+ generation across Torbay.
The platform helps all residents of the 27 community neighbourhoods across the Torbay local authority area to connect with their community and meet new friends; stimulating positive connections for people who are isolated in one way or another.
Simon Sherbersky, Lead Officer for Torbay Community Development Trust, describes our platform as "the missing bit of the jigsaw" and that's because our platform seamlessly integrates the 'support networks' of service providers and local delivery partners with the 'trust networks' of local residents and volunteers.
“We work in a strengths-based way where we focus on what communities have to offer rather than focusing on their problems or needs. Timebanking is a great way to support older people with a range of health and care needs by incentivising those who can help them with time credits.”
Simon Sherbersky, Lead Officer, Torbay Community Development Trust
In its first year, Torbay Together amassed nearly 400 new members, 2,750 credits earnt and 346 credits spent. Indeed, timebanking has played a role in the Trust evidencing the following key indicators from a base of 1,500 people:
- Self-reported loneliness has reduced from 59% to 29%;
- Social interaction has increased by 10%;
- Befriending has increased from 23% to 36%;
- Problems with mobility have reduced from 70% to 54%;
- GP visits have been halved;
- Hospital admittance is down by 60%;
- Extreme anxiety and depression is down from 20% to 8%.
Torbay Together has now migrated onto our version 2 platform and the platform stats are going from strength to strength. This is a first of its kind platform - merging our community directory and timebank into a single seamless user experience. Community members can also post, promote and manage their own volunteer opportunities; allowing other members to sift through these opportunities based on their locality, interests, skills or availability.
Whilst many other software solutions support a system where healthcare professionals provide a well-being service to their patients, our solution is community-led. Putting the right tools into the hands of communities enables supporting organisations like Torbay Community Development Trust to step up their efforts too.
Our platform helps people in later life (and other community members) to get involved in, get support from or connect with their community; in a way that is accessible, relevant and meaningful to them.
For queries relating to our community platform, please connect with Robert.