Time Credits: a success story but what does the future hold?

October 16th, 2019 by

Impact and successes

Time Credits, commissioned by Cornwall Council has been delivered by Tempo since 2017.  The project helps to support vulnerable individuals with multiple needs to better engage with and contribute to their communities by earning credits through volunteering and spending them at the various spend opportunities that have been created across the county.

The first client group was made up of people with complex and multiple needs, including drug and alcohol problems or those experiencing issues with homelessness.  The idea being that if we could make it work for our most vulnerable individuals we could make it work for anyone.   The project started in Penzance so spend partners could be successfully recruited before rolling out to other areas.  Time Credits now work with those who have experienced Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence and also with young people and has expanded across Cornwall.

This is the Cornwall Time credit that was co-produced with service users and agencies in Cornwall.  Individuals are awarded a time credit for each hour of volunteering.


This has been a very successful project, exceeding all targets.  There are now over 40 spend partners, including  Cornwall College, Merlin and WCT cinemas, Better Leisure; Hall for Cornwall and Flambards.  There are also 50 Earn partners/Community groups involved including Addaction, Harbour Housing, Newstart and other supported housing providers; DASV services and refuges; Young people services including the YOS and accommodation foyers.  There are 644 signed up members, which is almost 3 times more than the target of 235 people.

The Tempo National Impact on success states that:

  • 80% report improved quality of life
  • 63% feel more able to contributed to the community and other people
  • 59% share their skills with others
  • 57% feel less isolated and lonely
  • 55% develop new friends and acquaintances
  • 54% feel more positive about their future


One of our Earn Partners said the following:

“Supporting the residents to engage in voluntary work and being able to acknowledge and reward them is a massive boost to their confidence, self-esteem & well-being.”

Rachel Battleday, Cosgarne Hall

“Time Credits makes me more engaged and involved with STAK outings and has allowed me to try things and visit places I wouldn’t have been able to on my pension. It’s such a wonderful idea.”

St Austell Community Kitchen User


Moving forwards

The contract and funding for this very successful project is due to come to an end in March 2020.  It has achieved all targets; signed up almost 3 times the number of vulnerable individuals than expected.  It is now time for us to decide whether or not this project continues.

In November, a visioning day, is being planned in order to consider the options and agree the best way to progress.





Safer Cornwall has funding available

October 3rd, 2019 by

Safer Cornwall has funding available to enable community led projects that specifically address community safety issues in Cornwall.  The fund is formed of money seized from criminal activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act* (PoCA).  This £20,000 funding will be spent on local projects that help to create safer communities across Cornwall.

Community based organisations can apply for up to £1,000 to spend on local projects that support Safer Cornwall priorities and/or Safer Town delivery plans and meet the following criteria;

  • Prevents crime and disorder in local communities
  • Addresses specific community safety issues in the local area
  • Promotes the work of Safer Cornwall/Safer Towns
  • Contributes to raising awareness of community safety, builds resilience in local area and increased public feelings of safety
  • Encourages reporting of crime, anti-social behaviour and community safety concerns to the appropriate body

Unfortunately this funding cannot be used to support core business or existing provision and must not be used to fund CCTV for towns or security guard services .  Applications are welcome from registered not for profit groups and education providers.

How to apply?

In order to apply for a grant from the Safer Cornwall PoCA funding please complete the attached application form and return to info@safercornwall.co.uk.  Details on the Safer Cornwall priorities can be found here. Hard copies of the application form can be requested by contacting the Safer Cornwall Community Safety Team.


Closing date for applications is 1st March 2020.

*The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c.29) (PoCA) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which provides for the confiscation or civil recovery of the proceeds from crime and contains the principal money laundering legislation in the UK.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: