The Tara Time Collective is a project run by the Tara Centre social enterprise in Lancaster. The project has been funded through government funding in response to the COVID crisis. The Collective is made up of local residents from all walks of life who have got together to make the Timebank a reality in our neighbourhoods. We are committed to promoting health and wellbeing by sharing resources - exchanging skills, knowledge, compassion and other assets in order to build and sustain our communities during Covid-19 and beyond.
Who We Are & What We Do
We aim to build on the social infrastructure within our communities, ensuring that relationships and ties between people in the community are recognised for their value and contribution. The goodwill transactions that happen between neighbours, such as food delivery and prescription pick ups, has been the bedrock of the public response to Covid-19 and Tara Time Collective is hoping to forefront these activities and embed them into the continuing growth and recovery of our communities.
We want to strengthen the bonds that sustain our community and be part of the co-creation of the foundations of wellbeing. By pooling our resources we can live interdependently, without recourse to money and can maintain a happy, healthy life. Knowing there is someone who can help you out within your community reduces feelings of isolation and alleviates pressure on our health. We want to build on the abundance of kindness and compassion all around us, being part of the movement of people working together for a more sustainable and socially just future.
Principles we work to
The real wealth of this society is its people. Every human being can be a builder and contributor. A timebank recognises this by allowing members to define for themselves what they consider to be a valuable asset, and enshrining its value through the hour for an hour principle.
Work must be redefined to include whatever it takes to raise healthy children, preserve families, make neighbourhoods safe and vibrant, care for the frail and vulnerable, redress injustice and make democracy work. A timebank provides liquidity to activity that informally contributes towards these things.
The impulse to give back is universal. Wherever possible, we must replace one-way acts of largess in whatever form with two-way transactions. “You need me” becomes “we need each other” in a timebank.
Humans require a social infrastructure as essential as roads, bridges and utility lines. Social networks require ongoing investments of social capital generated by trust, reciprocity, and civic engagement. A timebank creates a system that builds social capital – every action leaves a footprint.
By respecting and recognising value in the contribution we can all make, we hard-wire a critical feedback loop into the way we work.
Edgar S.Cahn (2004) No more Throw-Away People: The Co-Production Imperative