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Hello Timebank Members
 
In this issue of the Timebank South West newsletter we would like to show you what we have been up to lately.
From the Mayflower Meal to individual Timebank activities.
Timebank members have enjoyed getting together and meeting members from other groups across the city, as well as participating in some planned activities at their local venue.
We are always happy to get stuck in and learn new skills as well as sharing our time and abilities in exchanges to help others.


"You have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others"

- Sam Levenson
 
What's in this months Newsletter ...
* Covid 19 Update
* TB 10 Year Anniversary
* Timebank in your area
* Where to find us
* Mayflower Meal celebration
* Recent exchanges
* Other information and resources
Timebank South West Covid 19 safety measures.
Timebank South West continues to support the government guidelines as well as the safety and comfort of our members. With this in mind, where we are aware that masks are no longer mandatory indoors, we support and encourage all members who are concerned to continue to wear their masks inside.
We are also doing our best to ensure all indoor spaces are aired and ventilated, sanitiser is readily available as well as hand washing facilities and a 1m distance is advised between members. 
Mayflower Meal Celebration
On Sunday 26th September Timebank South West hosted a special meal for members to celebrate Mayflower 400.
We were graciously hosted at Four Greens Community Trust where Mark Ayres put on his Chefs hat to cook up the banquet fit for Royalty!

Timebank members Amanda, Louise and John helped prepare the vegetables along with Trustee Alan Butler, the cutlery was polished to a high shine and stunning floral displays hand-made by Linda adorned the tables.
Above - Mark and Malcolm work their magic in the kitchen.
Below left - Stonehouse Timebank members  Michele, Mike, Mary and Robert await their meal.
Below right - Members from Whitleigh, Honicknowle and Barne Barton enjoy conversations over their Mayflower meal.
The afternoon was opened by Timebank Chair Jo, who welcomed everyone to the event and encouraged conversations between members from different Timebanks. Introductions were made and members found out a little more about each other and their local Timebanks.
Overall the meal was a success, members, trustees and staff thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon together and especially the vegan cake, made by Donna and the musical finale - songs from the wonderful Glasshouse Gang - Below. 
Timebank South West - 10 Year Anniversary
Timebank is going to be celebrating reaching the grand old age of 10 this year!

10 years of bringing people together.
10 years of sharing knowledge
10 years of learning new skills
10 years of earning & spending hours

We are planning an exciting event to celebrate in style so watch this space for your special invitation to join us.
What would you like to see at the celebration event?
Activities, displays, crafts, food, entertainment? It is an event celebrating your involvement so we want you to have your say.

We would also love to hear about your time with Timebank:
How long have you been a member?

What skills do you share?
How would you like to celebrate our 10th birthday?
Would you like to get involved with the planning and execution of the big event?
Let us know!
info@timebanksw.org
New opportunities for Timebanking with the over 65's
Timebank is very pleased to announce that we will be expanding our areas very soon! 

Timebank Director, Liza, has recently had the good news through from Plymouth City Council Strategic Commissioning Manager, Rachel Silcock.
We are
 one of three elements being funded to provide extra services for wellbeing to people over the age of 65.
We will provide the same support and engagement as we currently do, just with a focus on Older Persons and their needs.
Our main referrals for the project will come through our local GP's and also from Social Prescribers as well as other agencies or organisations and self-referral.
Anyone 65+ is welcome to join us.
We will be asked to set up 4 new Timebanks and they are likely to be in Southway, Plymstock, Plympton and Multley/Peverell.
. We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome more Timebank members across the city.
Opportunities to exchange
Do you remember the skills you said you would like to share when you became a Timebank member? Whether you are tech savvy, proficient with plants or have a natural dexterity for DIY - wanting to share your knowledge is what brought us, and what will keep us moving forward, together.
Timebank South West is proud to have over 100 members who are all here to share their skills and abilities with other members across the city creating a friendly, social and cost-free way of getting involved in your community and lending a hand to help others by doing something you enjoy!
Recent Exchanges
Here are examples of a just a few exchanges that have been actioned recently ...
One of our newest members, Sarah-Louise, signed up as a member after seeing an opportunity to exchange on Facebook.
The request was for help to sort and clear a craft room, which really piqued Sarah-Louise's interest and inspired her to get in touch to find out how she could help Viki.
As soon as Sarah was signed up she was on the phone to Viki to set a day and time for her to get started, and within a few days she had got stuck in!
Viki was pleased in more ways that one- not only did she have an offer of help, she got to meet a wonderful lady with similar interests to chat to and who's company she thoroughly enjoyed. She was over the moon with the results and they are both keen to stay in touch.

Thank you Sarah-Louise, you clearly 'get' what Timebanking is all about and are making your mark already!

Timebank member Ann has also been very kind in helping Viki out with sorting her craft room out, Ann gave three hours of her time to help out and get things moving in the right direction. Another wonderful connection made for the two ladies who will hopefully keep in touch too!
Thank you Ann.
Tony and John have recently been helping out in Lynda's garden, weeding and clearing up amongst other things. Thanks for your help lads, Lynda is really happy with the results and all your hard work.
What's been going on in your area?
In Efford we have recently taken part in the annual All Ways apple event, this year saw us at the community orchard again where we harvested, prepped and pressed apples into fresh juice that tasted delicious! We have also enjoyed making poppies and a visit to Jar Squad where we helped prepare and package freshly made jam and chutney.
Timebank members in Stonehouse have recently been learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge. The Printery Studio joined members of the public a well as Timebank members to screen print bunting for the Union Street Party, we were also very pleased to hear Stonehouse Timebank member, Robert, present his findings on female internment camp artists.
We have also enjoyed cooking and eating a delicious leek and potato soup together and enjoyed making poppies in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.
We have had parties, poppies, knitting and and mental agility testing going on in Devonport lately.  Early October saw member Andy, hosting a quiz for all members, this was a real success and most enjoyable too. So much so, that Stonehouse Timebank have requested he create another one just for them! Well done Andy. Needles have been on fire with Jenny and Caroline creating lovely teddies for the Devon & Cornwall Fire Service. We have celebrated birthdays with delicious cakes and gifts and have started working on a wall hanging to celebrate Timebanking in Devonport.
In recent weeks Whitleigh Timebank members have enjoyed creating willow lanterns in preparation for the Whitleigh Lantern Parade. Sally invited Mel, from Whitleigh Big Local, along to facilitate the session which was really well received and enjoyed by all who participated. The first session saw them creating the willow frame work for the lantern where they joined each piece with tape until they created the perfect shape.
Week two saw them finishing up by pasting coloured paper on to the lanterns to ensure the light could go through when the tea-light torch was placed inside.  All lanterns went home with their makers ready to be paraded along the green on 30th October.They have continued to enjoy their 'Tea & Toast' on Wednesday mornings and have always got the trowels ready to work in the garden when the weather permits.
Barne Barton Timebankers are very happy to be back at Livewest's Community House which was recently re-opened after being closed due to Covid-19. They meet every Tuesday at 11.00am and have started planning activities. Weather permitting, we are hoping to go on a nature walk around Furse Park soon.
As Christmas approaches we will be looking to make festive decorations and gifts.
A lovely opportunity to meet like-minded people who are interested in helping each other out. Anyone is welcome to pop in and have a chat with Justine and Liza to find out more about Timebanking.
You will always be met with a warm welcome so come and join us! .
In Ernesettle ECFF and Sea Church are joining forces to put on a Harry Potter themed Haloween event. Each year Timebankers enjoy getting involved with the preparations and where they usually fill party bags, this year they chose to fill boxes, in-keeping with the Harry Potter style.
Di, Laraine, Gwen, Margaret B and Margaret H created a conveyor belt to fill the boxes which were finished off with a bow.
Timebank members in Honicknowle chose to give jam making a go recently. New Timebank member Annelise was pleased to share her skills in jam making and brought the resources the group would need, they simply had to bring a jar to take home their delicious preserve when finished.

They thoroughly enjoyed learning the process and will hopefully be able to remember it all so they can make some more at home.
Other Information & Resources
Day of the Dead Celebration at Union Corner

The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away. During the days of the dead, the family often takes the opportunity to visit the gravesite and pull weeds, clean any debris and decorate the graves of loved ones.

If you would like to join in and celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed come along to Union Corner on Tuesday 2nd November between     3:30 and 6 pm.

Bring an offering to a loved one; a candle, flowers, favourite food, a prayer or a song.
Always Welcome

Free wellbeing sessions inviting you to find calm at The Box

28 Sep 2021 - 08 Mar 2022

On selected Tuesday afternoons in 2021 and 2022

Always Welcome wellbeing sessions are aimed at members of local community groups, carers, people living with memory loss, and over 40s wishing to improve their mental wellbeing and to meet other people. Find out more here.

 Plymouth Libraries are pleased to announce the reintroduction of some regular events and activities in our libraries! 

Rhymetime and book groups have recently been making a comeback as we begin to assess which libraries can safely host in-house events. The numbers of attendees are still limited and in most cases booking is required to allow us to keep everyone safe. All of our events are inline with our health and safety team's guidance. If you'd like to see what events are happening in Plymouth Libraries, you'll find them on this events calendar.

Book your tickets for Songlines premiere

Songlines

You can book now to be one of the first to see the European premiere of The National Museum of Australia’s award-winning Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition, which opens at The Box on 21 October.

Visitors will be able to experience ancient stories from the world’s oldest continuing culture, told through more than 300 paintings and objects by over 100 different artists.

The exhibition, which has been entirely conceived and curated by a team of First Australians, includes ceramics, paintings, sculpture, installation and film. It takes you on an epic journey that crosses three states, three deserts and some 500,000 square kilometres. Find out more here.

Healthwatch Plymouth are hoping to hear experiences from people all across the city so that local health services can gain an understanding of public experiences. Our team would like to find out: 

  • Have you had trouble getting an appointment, or issues getting in touch with a GP? 
  • Were you able to see your GP in person – if so, how long did you have to wait? 
  • When you got to see a GP were they able to help? 

We want to hear experiences from the public so services can understand what is or isn't working.  Anyone can share feedback by leaving feedback about GP services on our website: healthwatchplymouth.co.uk ,calling our contact centre team FREE on 0800 520 0640 or by emailing Info@hwdevon-plymouth-torbay.org

 Sharing feedback takes moments, but the effects could last a lifetime!

Where can you find us?

Some venues have been changed due to accessibility and covid regulations so please see below for an update on where you can find your local Timebank:
 
Barne Barton - Over the next few weeks members will be meeting outdoors (weather permitting) for walks, gardening and one or two picnics, with the hope that they can meet again at Livewest’s Community House in Furze Park later in mid-September.
Efford - We are currently meeting at the Efford Youth and Community centre 10 - 12 pm on Mondays until we get further information on being able to use the Library. 
Devonport - We are super pleased to be able to meet at Devonport Live Cafe as of Tuesday 8th June! We will be there from 10 - 12 noon.
Stonehouse - We are very lucky to continue to be able to meet at Union Corner each Wednesday from 3 - 5 pm as we can use the outside as well as the inside space.
Honicknowle -  On 
Fridays members meet from10-12 in St Francis Church, Little Dock Lane. PL5 2LZ
ErnesettleWe are currently meeting at the Community Cafe at St Aidans Church, West Malling Ave. Pl5 2SS until we are able to meet back together at the Space Centre.
North Prospect At present members are still meeting online via Zoom and sometimes in people's gardens on Monday's from 10-12pm.
Whitleigh - Members meet on Wednesdays at Four Greens using the inside space as well as going outside to complete gardening jobs.

 
Each of these venues welcome limited numbers of people in line with the current COVID 19 guidelines. If you wish to attend you will need to contact the outreach worker in the area to secure a place.
From your Timebank Team

 Liza, Sally and Zoe.
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