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.

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.

Public Health launch National Conversation film

Public England England have launched a short film showcasing Spice's work in Lancashire, supporting people with mental health issues improve their connectivity, physical health and engagement. Find out more about the huge impact Time Credits are having across our communities.

Substance Use Staff and Time Credit

Long term conditions: Everyone's business

This week at NHS Expo we are talking about the role of time banking in supporting communities to develop peer support and prevention programmes that support people with long term conditions to live in the community. Here Spice CEO, Becky Booth shares some of her reflections ahead of the session.

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My personal response to the Impact Report

In this blog Jane Gwynn, a Time Credits member from Carmarthenshire, gives her personal response to our impact report.

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London councils shape vision for Time Credits following last week's roundtable

Spice recently co-hosted a round table event discussing how public services can become more resilient through working with citizens in new ways both through services and across communities. Senior Leaders from seven boroughs across London discussed the importance of building resilience and how Time Credits could be used to support this agenda.

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Find out more about our corporate spend partners.

People who have been engaged through Time Credits are now coming to events and offering ideas; their increased confidence means they will have an opinion; previously they didn’t have a voice.

60% of people earning Time Credits report increased social contact

Coproduction and Time Credits: Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) responds to the Impact Report

In this blog Talea Mae Davies, Community participation co-ordinator at ACE, tells us how Time Credits have acted as a powerful tool to develop the spirit and practice of coproduction across the whole community. In the past three years 47,000 hours of time have been given resulting in remarkable outcomes for individuals and the wider community.

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