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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.

Designing a new note: Medway Time Credits

Each Time Credits programme has its own unique note, with the design shaped by the people that earn and spend them. Spice currently has 33 different designs for Time Credit notes in circulation across England and Wales. Our latest addition is Medway Time Credits!

Medway Time Credits is a new Time Credits programme launching in Medway, Kent in south east England. Medway CCG has commissioned Spice Time Credits as part of the ‘Involving Medway’ programme which aims to build health as a social movement. In order to create the Time Credit note, Spice first held a co-design session with local residents in Chatham to understand some of the key iconic images, themes and local landmarks that people strongly associate with their community.

This post shares some of the choices and decisions that go into the visual design of every new Time Credits currency.

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