The Santa Run!

The Timebrokers from Katesgrove, Southcote and Oxford Road Timebanks joined forces to do the 5k Santa run through Reading Town Centre on December the 14th.  The run was  organised by Reading Rotary Club to raise money for local hospices.

I hope you like the photo of us feeling rather warm in our suits having just completed the run and collected our medals. I think we all look great in beards!

Merry Christmas to all our Timebankers.  We look forward to seeing you all in 2015! Lets get exchanging!

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Our Funding Target

Circles Network has helped to establish three time banks in Reading and is now looking to raise funds so that these time banks can continue to support their local communities.

Katesgrove Time Trade, Southcote Skill Swap, and Whitley Wood Time Exchange are helping people to share skills and make friends, and provide a way for people to share their expertise.

For more information and details about how you can support us, please see Our Funding Target.

Thank you for your support.

Job Opportunities for local Time Broker positions

Location: Reading: Southcote, Whitley Wood and Katesgrove.
Salary: £18,000 to £20,000 pro rata
Hours: 2 posts, 10 hours per week each
Initially for 6 months

Circles Network is a National Charity and voluntary organisation that supports disabled and disadvantaged people to be included and take control of their lives.
In Reading we have 3 time banks funded by Reading Borough Council that have been running for over a year. Time banks enable people to make friends and get small jobs done.

We are recruiting 2 workers to run the Southcote Skill Swap, Katesgrove Time Trade or Whitley Wood Time Exchange. Reporting to the Regional Co-ordinator, the role encompasses identifying and establishing time bank members and working directly supporting each member to exchange skills in the time bank. The ideal candidate shall have working knowledge of the Southcote or Katesgrove or Whitley Wood areas.

Ideally you will have experience of community development, and have knowledge of time banking, and an understanding of the issues that socially isolate people might face.

Closing date for applications is July 25th 2014.

The successful applicant will be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
To request an application pack, please contact us on 01788 816 827 or by email: recruitment@circlesnetwork.org.uk.
Please note that due to limited resources we, unfortunately, cannot always contact all applicants. Please consider your application to be unsuccessful if you have not heard from us within four weeks of the closing date. Thank you.

Southcote Skill Swap Update!

photo 2 We’re now reaching the point where we have enough people involved in the Southcote Skill Swap to have a pool of skills to get skill exchanges going. Here’s some requests we’ve had recently:
– Teaching crochet
– Garden advice / design
– Teach computer use to older people with little knowledge. Would anyone like to share their computer skills with some older people at Charles Clore Court? They have a computer room but could do with someone to teach some basic computer use so that they could use email, search the web and Skype their families. Get in touch if this is a way you’d like to earn time credits!

If you’d like to join, we’ve made it a little easier. We now have an online system where you can say what skills you offer, and post a request for others to see. You still need to meet Anne to complete a disclosure (DBS/CRB) and to get references, but you can register your details here to speed the process along.

We meet every Thursday morning at 10.30-12 at Southcote Library – come and have a hot drink and a biscuit, get to know some other members of the Skill Swap and perhaps we can arrange some swaps then and there!

Skill Swap brings smiles to Soggy Southcote!

Southcote Tree of skillsOn Tuesday we had a wonderful time launching the Southcote Skill Swap Week. Lynda Bowyer from Xn Magazine came to our launch morning and wrote up the article here.
Hundreds of people across Southcote have been adding their skills to our Tree of Skills, such as “Help someone write a CV”, “Walking a dog”, “Gardening Knowledge” and “Chop vegetables”, everyone has a skill to share in Southcote! You can find a new label at the Community Centre, CCA Shop, Library and Housing Advice Shop- just pick one up, write your skill on it and attach it to the tree! Today we’ve got our drop-in sign-up session at Southcote Library from 10am-12noon, then we’re going to be making a photo montage of sharing and generosity with the children from Southcote Primary School.

On Saturday we’re all looking forward to the Skill Share Event where lots of people are going to be sharing their skills such as head massage, IT knowledge, European travel tips, bike repair, health and wellbeing, and there is free hot food! Come between 1 and 3 to the Community Centre on Coronation Square, we look forward to meeting you and learning what your skills are!

Southcote Skills Swap Week

Southcote Skill Swap Week

Southcote Skill Swap Week

We are launching a set of events at the end of March called Southcote Skills Swap Week, celebrating timebanking and the impact that it can have on local communities when people share skills and help one another. All week there will be free events in Southcote enabling people to help their neighbours, make new friends, learn new skills and celebrate the talents of the residents of Southcote.

Here is the full programme of events: come to as many as you like!

Tuesday 25th March 10 to 12, Southcote Children’s Centre, Coronation Square – gathering of members and interested people to show how many skills are on offer, and who needs jobs doing. Official opening of skill swap week, press photo, free refreshments and cakes. At 11.30 we will go to a tree on Coronation Square and attach labels to it which say which skills people have, such as “I can mow a lawn” or “I can bake a cake” or “I can pick up some shopping for someone”. The Mayor has been invited to attend and children from Southcote Primary will also be there with labels pledging what they can do.
Tuesday 25th March, 12.30 to 3.00 South East Time Banking Network, Southcote Community Centre, a chance to hear about how time banks are set up and to meet with other time banks, please book a place.
Wednesday 26th March 10 to 12 Southcote Children’s Centre – Skill Share, with parents and children’s at Toddlers group, sharing craft skills, knitting, crochet, patchwork, jewellery making, Sign up session.
Wednesday 26th March 3 – 5 Grange URC café, Circuit Lane – with drinks and cakes available at the Cafe. Have a go at crafts, we are hoping it is the start of a craft group in Southcote.
Wednesday 26th March 6 pm – George and Dragon social event, meet for a drink and snacks
Thursday 27th March, 10.30 to 12.00 Southcote library, meet skill swap members, coffee morning, and sign up to Southcote Skill Swap.
Thursday 27th March 3 to 4.30 – Southcote Primary School. Young people from the YMCA and others in the community running workshops for children and their parents. Children taking photos of “sharing ” and making a photo montage showing what they can do to be generous to their families and local community.
Friday 28th March, 1pm – Harvester, social event, meal, please let us know if you would like to come along so we can book.
Saturday 29th March, 1pm to 3 – Community Centre, Skill Share event. Choir, Gardening skills, Cooking skills, Art, Craft, Massage and relaxation, IT help, healthy living, food and drink.

What do time bank members want to get out of the time bank?

Iain Sutherland gardening for Pat “I like timebank because it gets me out and about, doing things I like to do, and then doing what I like to do I help someone else out at the same time, and then in exchange for things that I find fun anyway, I get back an hour of that time I’ve given up for someone else to come and help me. I could learn myriad different things to do. Everybody wins, nobody loses”. Iain.