Local people rebuilding their communities – the essence of time banks?

Drawing on previous research this paper explores the use of time banking in various local communities in the Welsh Valleys. Starting with an examination of time banking linked to community development it seeks to show how the underpinning philosophy of time banking, co-production, is used to involve local people in the redevelopment of their locality. The discussion then moves on to consider the implications for local economies before examining the relationship between time banking and other community services in youth justice and health care. In conclusion it will be argued that the Welsh model of time banking draws on the community approach which is distinct from the traditional model outlined by Cahn and is one which has now been adopted by the wider time bank movement.

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