Time banks: rewarding community self-help in the inner city?

  title={Time banks: rewarding community self-help in the inner city?},
  author={Gill Seyfang},
  journal={Community Development Journal},
  • G. Seyfang
  • Published 2004
  • Economics
  • Community Development Journal
Time banks are new community-based initiatives in the UK that use time as a unit of local currency. Participants give and receive help in exchange for time credits. Reciprocal volunteering, community participation and active citizenship are encouraged, particularly for the socially excluded who normally volunteer least. The findings of case study research with an inner city time bank from Glasgow in Scotland are presented, to assess their role and potential as tools for promoting community… 

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