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Making HealtH and Social
care PerSonal and local

Moving from Mass Production to Co-Production

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Published by Governance International in Birmingham, UK
' 2012 Governance International
ISBN 978-0-9572533-0-8 (pbk.)

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60 New ways of collaborating with users and communities in social care

Making it local, keeping it simple : time for families

Gloucestershire County Council and North Cotswolds Community Time Bank together
recognised the challenges families with a disabled child were facing. �ey had sensed that
that these local families were becoming isolated from more informal, community supports
and resources. In talking to community groups and families they realised that access to a
wider support network could help children and families feel less isolated, less stressed and
help them to access leisure activities.

Families and organisations felt that time banking was the ideal solution as help is
available as and when needed, without having to struggle through a formal process. Families
don�t want to have to make a fuss, or complete endless forms to get a bit of help now and
then. Put simply, everyone felt that families with disabled children just need the neighbourly
support that helps many parents and children in their day to day lives. Together the Time
Bank and the Council felt that there was a gap in local provision and that families could
really bene�t from community resources, developing neighbourly links and local sources of
help and advice. �is is how the Time for Families Project was born. �e Project was set up
in its current location in early 2011 and is funded by �e Barnwood Trust.

Figure 7 : one satisfied customer ! tom is pleased to have this helping hand.

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�e Time for Families project supports families who have a child with a disability,
special needs or who require additional support in some way.� It helps families to access
practical help and support through the Fair Shares Time Banks, drawing on local
community resources and neighbours to support families to access an extra pair of hands
when they need it. �e Time Bank is led, developed and grown by its members. �ere are
currently 150 Time Bank members and numbers are increasing. In only three years, over
19,000 hours of time has been exchanged.

How it works

Help is provided to families in two ways. Parents provide peer support and share their
experiences and knowledge to other families, and to organisations such as playgroups,
childminders, schools and social groups to raise awareness of each type of disability or
need. �ey also help parents who are expecting a baby with disabilities, so that they have
greater informal support to prepare for this. Parents earn time credits for supporting each
other. �e project gives each family �ve time credits when they join, so that they can get
support as soon as possible.

Figure 8 : Pitching in ! time banker helping Margaret and tom get to their
hospital appointment.

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