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Council to launch scheme for people to share time and skills

Time is money but under Surrey County Council plans it will be converted into a currency to spend and save with neighbours.

The authority aims to launch an initiative that allows people to share their time and skills in return for ‘credit’ to spend with others in the community.

For example, a teenager could teach older people at a community centre how to use Wii Fit to keep them active and in return receive cookery lessons.

Everyone’s time is equal with one hour of help earning a one-hour credit under the scheme being developed by the council and Timebanking UK to create a network across Surrey for individuals, community groups and businesses.

Clare Curran, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Children, Schools and Families, said: “This is all about community – people with a wealth of skills, interests and experience getting to know each other better and helping each other out.

“By teaming up with Timebanking UK we’re aiming to help more young people get actively involved in their neighbourhood, enable more older people to live independently for longer and improve wellbeing for all, making Surrey an even better place to live.”

For more information, email liz.tracey@surreycc.gov.uk (adults) or jenny.smith@surreycc.gov.uk (young people).

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