Wisbech scheme gives volunteers credit

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People in Wisbech can now take full credit for their volunteering thanks to the launch of a ground-breaking scheme for the town.

The Spice Time Credits launch follows a successful pilot project that recruited around 130 volunteers contributing 1,300 hours of time to help their community.

People using the scheme can help their community by giving their time to projects or organisations and will receive time credits as a thank you.

The credits can be used to access events, training and leisure services or to trade time with neighbours, such as The Light Cinema, Elgoods Gardens and New Vision Fitness Centre.

The programme is being run by Spice, a social enterprise specialising in time credits and is funded by Cambridgeshire County Council and CHS Group.

Launch activities include volunteers hosting arts and crafts workshops in Somers Car Park on a special green bus, where local people can get creative and help to create a Wisbech Hero at a drawing workshop in the Horsefair. All activities run from 9.30am-11.30am.

Other partners involved include the Orchards Primary School, the Ferry Project, Wisbech Children Centres and the Spinney Adventure Playground.

Wendy Lansdown, Community Engagement Programme Manager, said: “Time Credit schemes have been shown to have a real impact on a communities throughout the country where they’ve been introduced.

“They mobilise volunteers to help improve where they live and to make their communities more vibrant.”