Medway Time Credits
Earlier this year, the Manage your Mind team heard about Medway Time Credits volunteering scheme - a system that works on a simple hour-for-hour basis:
for every hour a volunteer gives to their community they earn one Time Credit, which they can then spend on an activity of their choice. Organisations
that offer Medway Time Credits to volunteers are known as 'earn partners'.
At Manage your Mind, our workshops are run entirely by volunteers who ensure the smooth running of the weekly sessions and do all of the behind the scenes support. We had 11 volunteers, but knew that we needed more help if we were to continue growing – so we were very interested to learn how Medway Time Credits, and becoming an earn partner, could help us out.
From initial conversations to actually launching as an ‘earn partner’ took us about 2 months – and if your organisation is thinking about how Time Credits might help with your volunteering schemes, we thought we’d share our experiences so far…
Becoming an earn partner has been relatively easy; One of the team attended a basic information and training morning in our local area. We were sent links by email and have had email and over the phone support when needed. There has been very little in paperwork, any reporting can now be completed on line, so quick and easy. The support from the local Time Credits team has been brilliant, clear guidance and quick responses, and the staff friendly and helpful.
Manage Your Mind have started to use Time Credits to attract volunteers in supporting our weekly workshops, mainly admin duties such as phone handlers, registrations, applying for grants, distributions/promotions, setting up for events.
We saw becoming an earn partner as an opportunity to attract more volunteers by offering a Time Credit reward. We have only been a partners for just over a month, so early days for us, but we have a lot more interest (with three people already signed up!) and we are encouraged by this. Potential volunteers have started to look at the possible rewards that they can earn, and I think being able to offer an incentive makes volunteering more appealing.
If we had to give a piece of advice to offer other organisations considering becoming an earn partner with Time Credits, it would be to simply attend the information training provided. You can really get the sense of how easy and user friendly the whole scheme is, and helps you to consider how it could work with your organisation.
Medway Time Credits press release: www.justaddspice.org/blog/time-credits-now-flowing-medway
Spice Credits website: www.justaddspice.org/
Manage Your Mind website: www2.manageyourmind.org.uk/
ITV News coverage of Manage Your Mind (May17): http://bit.ly/2uyw19h
SUBMITTED BY: MANDY EVESON AND DR FARNAAZ SHARIEF, FROM MANAGE YOUR MIND
(Pictured here with the Manage Your Mind team)
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