The Time Credits

April 10th, 2018 by

The Time Credits model is very simple: for every hour that an individual gives to their community or service, they earn one ‘Time Credit’. People can spend Time Credits to access events, training and leisure activities provided by public, community and private organisations, or to thank others in turn. To date, over 35,000 people have earned almost half a million Time Credits across England and Wales. The Time Credits currency is a powerful tool for encouraging more active engagement in local services and community groups, and building an individual’s social or support network.

Embedding Time Credits in substance use and recovery services has been a successful development in both England and Wales.  The Time Credits are used as the catalyst for an asset based approach to support planning and service design, and enable the development of co-produced services where clients take an active rather than passive role.

How do Time Credits work?

 

There are a huge variety of skills, experience and resources in communities that can be forgotten or go unrecognised, and Time Credits believe taking these as a starting point for any service or activity can be the most effective way of tackling community challenges. Time Credits start by mapping local assets with local people and identifying what exists in communities that can be built on, developed or brought together in new ways. Time Credits build on people’s interests, skills and experiences, combined with local physical assets and resources, to develop and improve community and public services.

There are currently over 600 spend opportunities nationwide. These spend partnerships facilitate access to opportunities that are often inaccessible to vulnerable adults with complex conditions and often low incomes. This access stimulates habitual change and helps develop personal assets further. Many positive impacts from spending Time Credits come from engaging in health or wellbeing activity, or adult education opportunities. However another key impact, particularly where we work with more vulnerable and isolated individuals, is a reduction in anxiety and increased confidence and awareness of the community assets available to them.

 

Time Credits in Cornwall

 

Time Credits Cornwall is a joint project between CC Transformation Challenge Award that is now operational within the DAAT and community partner agencies. The project is managed by Beth Ward who has a base at both DAAT in Threemilestones and Job Centre Plus in Penzance, enabling her to split her time between the two areas. The partnership managers, Helen Smith and Kelly Taylor share the role of building the spend network, identifying potential partnerships from feedback received through workshops and discussions with our local groups and members.

A key aspect of the Time Credit programmes is creating a local Time Credits identity. Co-design sessions involving DAAT, local services and service users helped create a bespoke note, reflecting the local identity of Cornwall. The back of every note is the same so that individuals are able to spend their Time Credits across the national network of partners. This aspect of Time Credits enables participants to use Time Credits outside their own area, for trips or family outings, and feel part of a wider national cohort of Time Credits members.

Time Credits are excited to already be working with Addaction, YMCA Cornwall, Bosence Farm, Who Dares Works, Trengweath, Job Centre Plus and Homegroup and will be looking to develop further relationships and spend/earn opportunities with local groups and services as the project develops. A launch event for Time Credits at Homegroup is being held on April 20th at YMCA Cornwall. We plan to host a range of earn and spend opportunities, including an asset mapping session with volunteers and residents followed by circuit training sessions organised by local social enterprise, The Ark CIC.

Time Credits are initially focusing on Drug and Alcohol and Homelessness Services in Penzance but will be moving into other substance use services in Cornwall, and eventually into other thematic settings supporting vulnerable adults.

In addition to the implementation of Time Credits, Time Credits have a range of training and supporting resources that have been tried and tested in community and health and care settings, to enable organisations to develop and embed asset based ways of working. They will be facilitating training sessions starting in the next quarter, for staff, volunteers and community members in voluntary organisations, statutory services and community groups in Cornwall and you are invited to attend. Further details will be circulated by DAAT once dates have been confirmed.

If you wish to find out more, please feel free to get in touch:

Beth Ward | 07578181277 | bethanyward@justaddspice.org

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Safer St Austell Support Local Spaces

January 15th, 2018 by

Members of Safer St Austell have come together over the last month to litter pick and repaint the walls at one of the local graffiti walls at Poltair Park and The House, which is a local youth community centre. They have also conducted a leaflet drop in the town centre to publicise how the community can report concerns and issues. This group of partners work closely as part of Safer Cornwall, the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall. Safer St Austell was reformed in February 2017 to provide a local multi-agency co-ordinated response, consisting of the community, the local town council, charities within the area including Cosgarne Hall, volunteers, Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and Community Safety Teams, Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Addaction, St Austell Business Improvement District, Freshstart and local traders.

In St Austell a combination of factors were impacting on, and giving rise to concerns within communities in relation to perceived public safety and levels of crime.  The partnership joined together with the aim of; improving feelings of safety and public reassurance, reducing risk of alcohol related harm to the community and protecting vulnerable groups. The group have already been involved with; community walkabouts in the town centre to gain the views of local businesses, the identification of issues including anti-social behaviour and environmental improvements, high visibility multi-agency patrols, anti-social behaviour interventions and warnings, schemes to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals and the community, partnership training and proactive outreach and in reach work across the town. The Town Council installed two additional CCTV cameras earlier in the year, one at Priory Car Park and one at Truro Road Park both of which are proving invaluable for the detection and prevention of crime in the town centre.

Zoe Gofton the Community Safety Officer for Mid Cornwall said: “It has been great to see such fantastic team working made up of agencies who genuinely want to make St Austell a safe and vibrant place to live. Building on the great work that has already been undertaken, Safer St Austell partners are working closely together to resolve issues quickly and have worked incredibly hard over the last six months to ensure ASB and rough sleeping are dealt with appropriately. Over the next few months we will continue to publicise how the community can report crime and support the partnership.”

Malcolm Putko Asset and Operations Director of Cosgarne Hall said: “Everyone involved with Cosgarne is proud to be part of forward thinking initiatives such as this one led by Safer Cornwall. It is great that lots of people from lots of different walks in life within the community join in and try and make the local surroundings better for all.”

Sector Inspector Edward Gard said: “There is a huge amount of partnership working happening in St Austell as well as targeted policing which is having a positive impact on levels of crime in this area. St Austell remains one of the safer towns and we will continue to ensure crime in this area is actioned quickly and effectively. We encourage all members of the public to continue to report information and any concerns they have through our 101 telephone number or in an emergency 999.”

Advice for residents and businesses

  • If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance).  Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).
  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk
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Truro Safe donations used to help those most in need

November 7th, 2017 by

 

“Cornwall currently has the third highest number of rough sleepers/street homeless in the UK. The Truro Safe Partnership is a great innovation and the thoughtful donations have meant that we’ve been able to buy items to help meet individuals’ needs.”

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