We at Sophia Hubs Timebank were delighted to receive a team of young people this week. They are participating in the NCS (National Citizen Service) programme. All fifteen of them, age range between 16-18 were accompanied by their two designated group leaders.
Their volunteer challenge is to support the Redbridge Timebank. After a short briefing about how the Timebank is organised and how it works, the NCS team were excited and immediately grasped the benefit the Timebank brings to the community. They worked in their small groups and enthusiastically asked many questions to learn as to how best they could support us.
They will help us run the next community skills swap which has been arranged for Saturday 19th September 1-3.30pm at St Johns Church, Seven Kings. This is going to be a real inter-generational skills exchange which will be exciting and beneficial to us all.
It was an amazing experience for us to see how this group of young people were demonstrating collaborative working in their teams and overflowing with some wonderful ideas to promote and create awareness of theTimebank to the local community.
Many of them were eager to join the Timebank, therefore we will make time to review the Timebank policies which currently allows 18+ only. We want to make the Timebank accessible to younger people, whilst fully complying with the safeguarding regulations.
We look forward to contribution of these youngsters at the skills swap and to the initiatives they are planning for their campaign day in the following weekend. We will keep all our readers updated with future blogs.
In the meanwhile we wish all the best to the young team every success in their challenge.
(Sophia Hubs business mentor and volunteer)