We create meaningful change in Communities

What are Spice Time Credits?

We’ve developed a system that works on a simple hour-for-hour basis: for every hour you give to your community you earn one Time Credit, which you can then spend on an activity of your choice.

You can give time in ways that match your skills and interests, and spend your Time Credits with our diverse range of fantastic partners across the UK who offer everything from swimming to learning a language.

Why we exist

We develop Time Credit systems that value everyone’s time, no matter who they are. Time Credits open up new opportunities to try new things, meet new people, be healthier and have fun. We work with communities of all kinds, across many sectors. We’re passionate about the power within communities and individuals, and think that we’re better at solving problems when we work together. Our programmes embody exciting partnerships between individuals and the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Where we started

Spice was founded in the Rhondda Valley over six years ago and grew out of the University of Wales hosted Welsh Institute for Community Currencies. In this time we’ve been busy growing and from our first programmes in the valleys we now work across South Wales and several regions in England. We have also branched out from our core community development work adding new specialist programmes in schools, housing, health and care.

Ways you can get involved

Our work is built on two things: great partnerships and extraordinary people. There are many ways to work with us, become a partner or get involved in earning (and spending!) Time Credits in your area.

Become a partner
We work with a range of diverse partners across many sectors. Get in touch if you are interested in using Time Credits to help achieve your objectives or want to become a spend partner and accept Time Credits for the activities you provide.

In your community
Time Credits are open to all kinds of people. If you have skills or interests that you’d like to share, get in touch and start your journey with Time Credits.

Work with us
Working with Spice is hugely rewarding, challenging and fun. We are a diverse team from many walks of life with a shared vision of growing our Time Credit programmes and working with communities to unleash their great ideas and potential.

Events
We hold regular events to showcase Time Credits in London, Cardiff and around the UK. Keep an eye out for any near you.

The stories behind the numbers

At the heart of our work, there are hundreds of thousands of hours: time earned and spent by our extraordinary members across the UK, in networks of organisations and services across many sectors. We are proud to showcase a range of videos, case studies and blogs on how people are earning Time Credits to make their community a better place – and spending them to have fun and achieve lifelong ambitions.

Blogging on what matters

Read our blog to learn more about our work and innovations as they happen around the UK. Our staff and partners will be writing regularly, and we showcase guest writers from our programmes and across our specialist network. If you are interested in blogging on our website, please just get in touch.

#DoSomethingNew with Time Credits this Leap Year

Time Credits offer incredible experiences. Using Time Credits, you can:
• Speed along the River Thames with the wind in your hair
• See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London
• Be thrilled by a show at the Wales Millennium Centre
• Take up that course that you've always meant to
And much more!

On 29 February we all get an extra 24 hours. Just think of all the new things we could do with that time! This February we’re asking all our members to #DoSomethingNew this leap year with Time Credits, and to tell us about it. Tag your photos of earning and spending with #DoSomethingNew and share with @justaddspice on Twitter or Spice Time Credits on facebook. It's over to you!

Evaluation 2016 - play your part!

This is your chance to play a part in showing the impact of Time Credits on you or your organisation. Both surveys are open until 1st April.

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Haringey Time Credits 'bolster good causes' as expansion announced for 2016

Haringey Time Credits started in October 2014 focusing on substance use recovery. In its second year the project is expanding to reach more people across the borough.

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Mark Drakeford AM: Supporting wellbeing & mental health in schools key to future life chances

Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford AM spoke passionately last week at our Resilient Schools launch on the importance of supporting young people to maintain good wellbeing and the importance of prevention.

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Find out more about our corporate spend partners.

Spice stands out among community currencies for its reach and longevity...approximately 450,000 Time Credits have been issued

The Huffington Post, 2016

60% of people earning Time Credits report increased social contact

Julie Smith, Team Westminster Ambassadors: Time Credits enabling wellbeing experiences

Julie Smith earns Time Credits as a Team Westminster Ambassador. Her volunteering experience, combined with earning and spending Time Credits, has had a number of positive impacts on her wellbeing.

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We work with partners and projects across the UK.
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