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.

New Currency to help homeless: Spice Time Credits and NHS launch project with St Mungo's hostel in Hackney

Without a home, a support network and a stable income, people affected by homelessness face some of the worst health outcomes in the UK. The average age of death for rough sleepers in the UK is estimated to be around 40.5 years (CHAIN, 2015).

City and Hackney CCG has funded a one year Time Credits Project with Spice and St Mungo’s to work directly with residents to identify barriers to improving health outcomes and access to health services, and develop new ways to manage health and well-being in a complex needs hostel. Find out how Time Credits are helping people affected by homelessness develop peer support, self management and independence.

The Gift of Time Credits

Volunteers and service users at Stroke Association share in the power of gifting Time Credits on a spend trip to Strikes in King's Lynn.

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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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MJ Awards shortlist Spice for Excellence in Community Engagement

Cambridgeshire Time Credits has been shortlisted by The MJ Local Government Achievement Awards, run by leading local government publication The Municipal Journal, in the Excellence in Community Engagment category.

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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

81% of people say Time Credits have a postive impact

Evaluating the Public Health Outcomes of Cambridgeshire Time Credits in Wisbech

An innovative evaluation study carried out by the University of Cambridge in partnership with Spice is looking at how Time Credits can support people to live healthier, more active lives. This is an exciting opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the impact of Time Credits on public health outcomes.

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We work with partners and projects across the UK.
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