Regents Park Time Bank
Project Category: Registered charity
Bringing a Diverse Community of All Ages Together
The Regents Park Time Bank was the first one in the borough and in the UK to register as an independent charity 16 years ago. It changed its name two years ago to better reflect how local people referred to the neighbourhood. It is very much a resident led organisation with a committee of management of 6 local residents plus a company secretary appointed by its registered members – currently 107 families (with 270 children under 12 years) who are the shareholders and have made a commitment to help and support each other through utilising time bank principles of reciprocal volunteering. It employs a part-time time bank broker who co-ordinates volunteer members and is a Sylheti-speaker and a local mother herself. Families come from immensely diverse backgrounds ethnically and culturally (although there is a significant proportion of Somali and Bangladeshis), mostly women, many being lone parents on very low incomes.
Our proposal involves targeting low income local families with young children under 12 years living on the Regents Park Estate through recruitment and registration onto a 10 day family activity programme delivered during the school holidays. It involves family members in preparing, organising and delivering the programme supported by a paid time bank broker, experienced time bank volunteers and people from supporting partners (eg. Public Health, UCL, GLL, October Gallery, Third Age Project etc). The project will provide a safe, secure inclusive and accessible space on the estate at Cumberland Market where many of the activities will take place inside and outside in an adjacent open space. Families from diverse backgrounds will work together in delivering activities and build trusting and lasting relationships with each other.
The project will employ an experienced part-time paid Sylheti-speaking broker to consult, co-ordinate and support family members in delivering the programme and carry out essential admin work including registration, monitoring, obtaining feedback and evaluation and production of a final report.
The project will employ professional workshop facilitators some directly and paid through this grant proposal and others seconded through supporting partners (eg. Public Health)
Workshops will include a range of outdoor activities to encourage and support physical exercise and sports (many of the families and children are overweight or even obese) alongside indoor activities such as learning to shop and cook healthily. We ran a very successful oversubscribed 6 week course with a teacher from Public Health over the summer with 27 parents and children together being taught and preparing and eating healthy food and within a tight budget.
We envisage at least one intergenerational event in conjunction with the Third Age Project in which the different generations from 8 to 88 year olds come together in shared activities such as family bingo and storytelling. This Summer we were able to persuade Middlesex Cricket Club to run free weekly coaching sessions for local residents of all ages that proved immensely popular and we would like to do something similar again.
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Regents Park Estate, London NW1 3RH