A piece of brilliant news recently landed in the Spice inbox – City of London Time Credits has been selected as a finalist in the ‘Community Involvement’ category of the 2017 Local Government Chronicle Awards. This prestigious annual event marks and celebrates the best in local government practice.
City of London Time Credits is supported by Spice and delivered in partnership with the City of London Housing Department, as well as the residents of 13 City of London housing estates. The programme focuses on engaging tenants in meaningful activities in the neighbourhoods where they live, and uses Time Credits as a way of recognising their contributions. To date, 843 people have given over 16,000 hours of their time towards a range of causes in their local area, as well as actively shaping the delivery of housing services themselves.
“We’re delighted that the impressive achievements of the City of London Time Credits programme have been recognised by the LGC Awards shortlist,” said Spice CEO Becky Booth.
“Many of the people living in the City of London have used Time Credits to really make a difference to their local communities – it is a tremendous example of how Time Credits can act as a tool to help people get involved with the services which support them.”
Almost half of Time Credits members in the City of London told us that they had not regularly volunteered before they started earning Time Credits. Results from the programme’s 2016 impact evaluation also showed us:
- 94% have taken part in more community activities.
- 89% feel healthier since earning and spending Time Credits.
- 83% feel they can contribute more.
As with all Time Credits programmes, City of London Time Credits members earn one Time Credit for every hour that they each contribute towards their community. This Time Credit can then be spent accessing one hour’s activity, service or other opportunity in a number of community or commercial venues – such as a trip to St Paul’s or the Tower of London. In the City of London, many people have volunteered to be part of lunch clubs and neighbour networks, or helped to host events and activities in sheltered schemes.
“I grew up on the Avondale [estate] and noticed on returning that there was no sense of community anymore,” said City of London Time Credits member Christina Wheatdale. Her experiences holding a community tea dance through Time Credits inspired her to found a community-orientated CIC in south London (read the full story of Christina’s journey with Time Credits.)
“Earning Time Credits gave me the chance to encourage others to help. I wanted to give something back to my community, tackling the issues that are important to me. This has increased my confidence and makes me feel part of the community.”
Spice and the City of London Time Credits team are looking forward to the #LGCAwards ceremony on Wednesday 8 March 2017, when the winner will be formally announced. Email for more information on Spice or City of London Time Credits