Skills swapping initiative is launched by charity

Collingwood Health Groups Dr Dave Thomson and Age UK North Tynesides Timebanking coordinator, Emily Sinclair at the launch of the North Shields Time Swap project.
Collingwood Health Groups Dr Dave Thomson and Age UK North Tynesides Timebanking coordinator, Emily Sinclair at the launch of the North Shields Time Swap project.

A charity is looking for members to take part in a new initiative designed to help the community share skills and expertise.

Age UK North Tyneside has launched the North Shields Time Swap project.

The initiative is for anyone of any ability or background aged 18 or over, and aims to help people in the community connect and share their skills with one another.

Age UK North Tyneside will manage the time through a timebanking coordinator and work out which expertise can be shared, and link participants with other Time Swap members in order to help everyone involved develop their own new skills.

Timebanking coordinator, Emily Sinclair, said: “The project provides people with a way to share talents and experiences, whilst learning new skills and helping to build connections throughout the local community.

“For every hour of time you give, you receive a one hour of credit to work alongside someone who has a different skill you may want to learn.”

Some skill areas identified include, gardening, computer skills, translation, DIY help, craftwork and cooking skills.

Emily added: “We are really excited to announce the launch of the Time Swap project.

“We have been working really hard with our partners around the North Shields area to get the initiative underway and we can’t wait to get the local community on board.”

For more, or to register your interest, contact Emily Sinclair on 07725 321089 or (0191) 280 8480.

Emily added: “We are looking for people to share all types of skills and expertise and in return, you will also get to learn from other talented people within the area.

“So whatever your skill or background, whether it’s gardening, cooking, computers or languages, we are interested in hearing from you.

“We believe that giving the people of North Shields this platform to come together to share and enhance their skill set can have a highly positive effect on the area.”