Fair Shares uses two way volunteering to reward people for the time and effort they put into their local community. You can swap your time and skills with other members of the Time Bank. For every hour that you volunteer you get a fair shares credit that you can then use to get help with something you need.
The tasks that people need help with are varied, but generally don’t need specialist skills and you won’t be asked to do personal care tasks. It can be things like giving an extra hand with some gardening or decorating, giving someone a lift to the shops or help setting up a computer. Sometimes the volunteering is just for the benefit of one person, but we also have opportunities for you to volunteer in the wider community. You might give your coaching or teaching skills to help people master things like knitting, Maths, or netball. You might help organise a day trip or provide the cakes for a coffee morning and meet up. And of course as you are part of the Fair Shares time bank you can enjoy those activities or be attend a class to learn a new skill yourself, or call upon someone when you need an extra hand in your home or garden.
We believe that everyone has something to offer their community, so whatever your talents, skills or passions, whatever time you can invest in and benefit from Fair Shares.
Every task is going to be different and we couldn’t cover them all here, but if you think of anything that you might need an extra hand in your home, or that is a skill or talent that not everyone has, then we can probably cover that in Fair Shares.
Our time brokers will meet with you to help you explore what you could offer Fair Shares. Some people think that they won’t have anything to offer, but we know that you will. We value every day acts of being a good neighbour – Popping to the shop to buy a pint of milk, being on the end of a phone talking to someone who is housebound, sharing your experience and knowledge, being a good friend to someone – We are sure there are things you are already doing that you may not recognise.
Once we’ve got an idea of what you have to offer we will get in contact with you when a challenge come in that matches your profile and if you are in a position to help you can take on that challenge.
We take the safety of all our participants very seriously so we will need you to provide two references from people that know you well. We might also ask you to complete a DBS check if the skills and talents you would like to offer will bring you into contact with children or vulnerable adults, but we can discuss this with you when we meet.
Why get involved?
Fair Shares is a great way to invest in and get to know your local community. You can use and share your skills and talents to really benefit individuals or groups in your local community. You’ll meet new people and develop new social links, so it is a great way to stop yourself becoming isolated. And of course you’ll get the chance to learn new skills and follow new interests as other people in your community share their time.
Being part of Fair Shares is very flexible – there is no set amount of time that you have to give each month – you do whatever you can fit into your life and in the tasks that you feel comfortable doing and get enjoyment from being involved with.
If you are trying to get back into work Fair Shares can be a good way to build up skills and confidence and examples for your CV and for tricky interview questions. We do have people that come and volunteer with us for a few days a week for a while doing general tasks such as gardening, decorating, lifting and shifting, whilst they are preparing to re-enter paid work and so we’d be delighted to hear from anyone in that position. Being part of Fair Shares doesn’t affect your benefits, in fact the job centre recommend it as a way to get back into work.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from the Fairs Shares Team with more information
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