Belper Drop-In Session To Encourage Residents To Swap Time And Skills

Derby County Council is setting up a new scheme that helps residents carry out tasks for others and receive help in return. They are holding drop-in information sessions around the county, with Belper being one of the venues.

The Time Swap project was established to allow local communities to help each other by sharing time and talents.

Members of the scheme can earn ‘time’ by doing things they are good at for other people. The time earned can then be spent getting help from other people for things they might find difficult or can’t do themselves.

People can give or get help with things like dog-walking, computer skills, gardening or even simply setting aside some time for a cup of tea and a chat.

Drop-in sessions are being held around the county giving residents a chance to learn more about the scheme and find out how they can get involved.

The Belper session will take place on:

  • Wednesday 9 November 2016 between 1pm and 2pm at Strutts Community Centre, Derby Road, Belper

The Deputy Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Councillor Paul Jones said: “Everyone needs a helping hand now and then and in these times not everyone can afford to get professional help. That’s where Time Swap fits in. You can get help with lots of different things and the only fee you pay is helping someone else in return.

“It’s a great way to make friends and keep active in your community too − I’d encourage everyone to drop in to their local information session and find out more.”

To ensure the safety of those taking part the council checks everyone who signs up to be a member and organises the time swaps, allowing people to enjoy the benefits of being a member with peace of mind.

Residents interested in the scheme can complete the Time Swap membership form, alternatively if you would like to set up a scheme in your area can contact the DCC on: 01629 532049.

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