TimeBank receives funding from the Heritage Fund to record attitudes to asylum seekers and refugees

Julia Shipston Julia Shipston

National volunteering charity TimeBank has been awarded a grant of £ £9,900.00 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to record the experiences of its volunteers and the beneficiaries they support, many of them refugees and asylum seekers in London and the Midlands.

TimeBank delivers volunteering projects that tackle complex social issues, often working with communities that are isolated from British society. The charity will use the grant to set up a new project, TimeBank Voices, that will record the experiences of its volunteers and beneficiaries so future generations can understand what life was like for those communities.   

The project will enable TimeBank to make historic recordings highlighting attitudes to asylum seekers and refugees. TimeBank Voices will aim to show how, despite facing prejudice and misconception, people from different communities add to the rich tapestry that makes up the UK and contribute significantly to society.

TimeBank Chief Executive Phil Pyatt says: “The amazing experiences of our volunteers and beneficiaries from a range of different social and demographic backgrounds is not preserved and recorded for present and future generations to listen to, enjoy and understand. TimeBank Voices will bring those experiences to life through oral history recordings for our website, for the London Metropolitan Archives and at exhibitions in London and Birmingham.”

TimeBank Voices will work in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) which will help train and facilitate the project, offering expertise in the technical skills needed to ensure the right questions are asked and the recordings are of a high quality.


For media information, please contact Julia Shipston: [email protected], tel: 07713163003.

About TimeBank:

• TimeBank is a national volunteering charity, started in 2000

• It recruits and trains volunteers to deliver projects to tackle complex social problems and also works with businesses to engage their staff in volunteering

• TimeBank believes that great volunteering can transform the lives of both volunteers and beneficiaries by building stronger, happier and more inclusive communities.

For more information seewww.timebank.org.uk

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.

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