Information on time credits, and how the scheme works to raise aspirations
What are Time Credits?
We are working with Spice Innovations Ltd to implement the Time Credits programme in the local area.
Time Credits strengthen and build communities by engaging those who may not normally get involved in their local area. They also encourage people to be involved in different ways, in order to add a new dimension to their lives (and the community) by volunteering.
Time Credits are a way of 'thanking' people for any time that they choose to give.
How does it work?
For every one hour of time that an individual gives to a community focused project (in the West Norfolk Time Credits network), they will receive one Time Credit (worth one hour). This can be used to access a variety of different services or activities within the local community.
Time credit diagram
Who can earn Time Credits?
Almost anyone can earn and spend Time Credits. People who cannot earn Time Credits are those who are expected to give their time anyway, as part of the conditions of their employment. Or those on a course where there is a compulsory volunteering element.
You can view Spice Innovations Ltd Impact Report to see the difference Time Credits makes on people's lives. You can find this at the bottom of the page.
To date, 1532 individuals have given time to the community in exchange for Time Credits. Over 63,500 hours given to community focused initiatives and events so far.
Where can I earn Time Credits?
You can give your time in exchange for Time Credits at certain organisations who are involved in the scheme. To find out where you can earn Time Credits, check out the West Norfolk Time Credits Facebook page. Or email Kristy, the West Norfolk Project Manager.
Where can I spend my Time Credits?
To find out where you can spend Time Credits in West Norfolk and other parts of England and Wales, please visit the Spice website.
Joining our network
We welcome interest from West Norfolk-based community groups or organisations that would like to use Time Credits to:
- thank the individuals who give their time to support them
- engage with more community members
If you're interested in developing a Time Credits programme please refer to our Introduction to Time Credits guide for more information. This can be found at the bottom of the page.
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