Leith Time Bank


Leith Time Bank is an exciting new idea that gives people, like you, the opportunity to share time and skills to develop your community.
We know everyone has skills, knowledge and experience to offer, which could be beneficial to someone, such as gardening, sewing, listening, simple repairs and running errands. Time Banking is a way for people to exchange their skills and time.

For every hour members “deposit” in a Time Bank, perhaps by giving practical help and support to others, they are able to “withdraw” equivalent support in time when they themselves are in need. Everyone's time is valued equally whatever is being offered.

1 hour of time = 1 Time Credit

For example:Jenny, Bob and Patricia are Time Bank members. Jenny has hurt her back and needs someone to weed her garden. Bob loves being outdoors and helps Jenny, earning 2 time credits. Bob need some advice to cook nutritious meals and gets help from Patricia, whose passion is food. Patricia needs someone to teach her simple computer skills so she can stay in touch with her friend who has moved abroad. Jenny teaches computer in university and helps Patricia. The Time Broker facilitates all exchanges and records everyone’s time credit.

This kind of exchange is not new – it has traditionally occurred amongst families and friends. All Leith Time Bank does is to provide a new structure for neighbourliness.

Leith Time Bank is about neighbours being neighbours.

List of skills provided by Leith Time Bank members

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EVERY MONTH WE RUN A PROGRAMME OF EVENTS. Just click below for details and/or contact Mary on 0131 553 2559 or moc.tcennoctb|knabemityram#moc.tcennoctb|knabemityram All welcome.

Click here to see Programme of Events

Time banking is making an enormous difference to people and communities across the UK. It helps build a sense of community, where people know neighbours and can rely on each other for help and support. It brings together people of different ages, cultures, backgrounds and abilities, who then interact with each other on an equal footing and with mutual respect and understanding.

Time banking is a rewarding and enjoyable way for people to come together to access help or services that they may not otherwise be able to receive or afford. People get the help they want and support each other by taking turns to be responsible for some of the care and practical help that we all need from time to time. As a member of Leith Time Bank you are not a volunteer in the traditional sense. This means that you must be prepared to receive from others as well as to give to others. Without this reciprocity the Time Bank will not work.

People of all ages and abilities can join in and exchange a whole range of skills. Leith Time Bank is open to all, with a specific focus on older people and carers. It benefits from the diversity in its membership so there are a wide variety of skills exchanged by members.

We are now looking for members to join LEITH TIME BANK
Anyone can join a Time Bank—everyone is equal—all are welcome.
Everyone has something to offer and everyone can take part.

Click here to view and complete membership form


Mary O’ Connell
Leith Time Bank Development Worker

Anne Munro
Pilmeny Development Project Manager

Address: Pilmeny Development Project, 19-21 Buchanan St, Leith, EH6 8SQ
Telephone: (0131) 553 2559
Website: www.pilmenydevelopmentproject.co.uk


Leith Time Bank celebrated its first year on Thursday 25th July at Pilmeny Resource Centre, Leith. It was a great opportunity to meet everyone involved who have helped to make Leith Time Bank a success. Approximately 40 people attending, including MSP Malcolm Chisholm, MSP Mark Lazorowicz, Time Bank members, PDP Management Committee and Advisory Group members. Special thanks to Cllr Brock who opened the celebration. And to Sophie, a Time Bank member who spoke about her experience with the project. Extremely tasty homemade truffles were supplied by Rachael, another Time Bank member.




Click here to view manual.
Special thanks to our Time Bank Members who helped with the User Manual.


Leith Time Bank celebrated its 2nd birthday on 30th September 2014. Around 35 people gathered at 5.30pm in the Nelson Hall of McDonald Road Library. Time Bank member Walter Dods and his singing group The Rolling Hills Chorus treated us to some fanatastic singing, whilst Councillor Deirdrie Brock, Pilmeny Development Project Manager Anne Munro, and Leith Time Bank Development Worker Mary O' Connell reflected on the Time Bank's second anniversary. Time Bank member Eve Drewery also spoke eloquently of her involvement in the Time Bank. Food, drink and the chance to mingle were enjoyed by everyone.


  • People identify the skills and experience which they can offer and those that they need, using a skills and needs questionnaire.
  • Everyone’s contribution is welcomed and everyone’s skills are valued equally - one hour always equals one Time Credit, regardless of the type of transaction.
  • Everyone agrees both to give and to receive help, to earn and to spend their Time Credits.
  • Everyone is encouraged to spend their Time Credits to allow others the chance to make a difference and feel valued.
  • A record is kept of all the Time Credits earned and spent, using the Time Online system.
  • Members receive a regular statement showing the time balance on their account.
  • A Time Broker runs the day-to-day operation of the Time Bank by recruiting and nurturing members, matching them with requirements, and keeping Time Credit accounts. They also engage and develop relationships with local organisations.


  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Trying something new
  • Using and developing your knowledge, skills and experiences
  • Learn from the expertise of others
  • Build individual confidence and skills
  • Get things done that would not get done otherwise
  • A flexible volunteering opportunity – you can fit it into your lifestyle
  • Feeling rewarded for your contribution to your community
  • Build community networks and knowledge.


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