Government pulls the plug on TimeBank's funding

The national volunteering charity, TimeBank, has learnt (four days after the official announcement date) that it will no longer receive funding from the Office of Civil Society (OCS) under its Strategic Partnership programme.

For several years, TimeBank has received funding from the OCS to cover its core running costs. The charity’s latest application to the OCS fund has been rejected at the first stage.

Helen Walker, TimeBank’s Chief Executive, says:

“TimeBank is extremely disappointed not to continue as a Strategic Partner of the Office for Civil Society. This decision will hugely undermine the government’s vision for a Big Society.

“For the past decade we have made an important contribution to mobilising an army of 300,000 volunteers and to improving the quality of volunteering across the board. Without this vital core funding we will not be able to continue to deliver the level of service that we have based our reputation on and will have to considerably reduce our activities and staff as a result.

“We will be mounting an appeal against this decision and will be creating a petition to save the charity in due course.”

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Further information

Hannah Daws, Head of Communications, DD 0203 111 0713, M 07973 701337, email: hannah@timebank.org.uk

 

Notes to editors

  • TimeBank is a national volunteering charity, set up in 2000, which exists to make volunteering the fabric of everyday life.
  • TimeBank offers support and advice to anyone interested in volunteering and works with leading sector organisations to improve volunteering standards across the board.
  • The charity also runs its own mentoring projects using volunteers to tackle social problems and runs an Employee Volunteering programme for businesses.
  • www.timebank.org.uk