Cornwall Time Bank

Click Here to watch a new video produced by Liskeard Time Bank Members which explains how the scheme works


The Time Bank Room

In October 2009 I decided my spare room needed a total redecoration, so I asked Time Bank to help me remove some polystyrene ceiling tiles. I felt guilty as it was a horrid job but I couldn’t do it as I am not good up a stepladder.

Two Time Bank members came and did the job cheerfully, while I stayed at ground level with bin bags to collect up all the bits of tiles.  It was  funny seeing Adam and Emily wearing safety goggles, but Time Bank was in its first few months and Health and Safety was as always, very important!

Find out more about how 27 hours and 9 members transformed a room through the Time Bank system here.




People living in Bodmin, Liskeard (click for website), Newquay, Truro, East Pool or Hayle as well as St Austell will now be able to join a Time Bank and exchange their skills for someone elses. All exchanges on the Time Bank are swapped on the basis of the amount of time it took to do. So baking a cake for a hour earns a one hour time credit which can then be used to receive an hour of gardening. Its a fantastic way of swapping what you like doing for what you hate doing, its also a good way of meeting new people.  It doesn’t have to be a direct swap of skills between two people as the time credits don’t have an expiry date so you can earn time credits and then spend them having another Time Bank member help out with something. Being part of a Time Bank can also fit around your commitments.

If I was in a Time Bank what can I swap?

Basically the type of skills swapped through a Time Bank are those that you could reasonably expect your neighbour to be able to do for you, such as computer skills, car washing, language skills, cooking, cleaning, ironing, D.I.Y, sewing, baking cakes, gardening, dog walking, musical instrument lessons, decorating etc.

Time Bank members aren’t able to do tasks that need a professional like repairing a car, or doing electrical, plumbing or gas work. But there are many things that we can do. Get in touch to find out more.

What are the benefits?

Being part of a Time Bank is a great way to meet people. It is also a fantastic way of getting and giving help.  We all know it is easier to ask for help from someone if you are able to return the favour in some way, being part of a Time Bank allows you do to that. One person’s chore is another person’s joy; so if you hate ironing then why not ask a Time Bank to do it and in return you could do something for someone else that you really enjoy.

How much does it cost?

It is free to be part of the Time Bank. The only cost involved is if a skill swap incurs a cost for example if you ask a member to bake a cake then you’ll need to pay for the ingredients.

How does it work?

Once someone has joined they then list what they would like to give and take from the scheme. They can then call the Time Bank when they want to swap a skill, the Time Bank Broker then matches up the members. The Time Banks are located in Bodmin, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell, Truro, East Pool and Hayle.

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining and you live in the towns with a Time Bank then call us on 01872 265307 to find out more.



Photo courtesy of Ocean Housing.

Time Bank newsletters are available now:

St Austell SPRING Newsletter Click here to read the electronic version.

St Austell Spring Newsletter


Newquay SPRING Newsletter Click here to read the electronic version

 Newquay Spring Newsletter


Bodmin SUMMER Newsletter Click here to read the electronic version

Bodmin Summer Newsletter