TimeBank Voices

Over the last 20 years TimeBank has worked with thousands of amazing volunteers and beneficiaries on our social action projects, many of which support communities that are isolated from British society.

Our new project, TimeBank Voices in partnership with the London Metropolitan Archives will bring some of those experiences to life through oral history recordings to go on our website, at two exhibitions in London and Birmingham to coincide with TimeBank’s 20th anniversary, and as recordings and transcripts to be held in the London Metropolitan Archives.

We hope the recordings will help future generations understand how, despite facing prejudice and misconception, people from different communities contribute significantly to society and add to the rich tapestry that makes up the UK.

TimeBank has been awarded a grant of £9,900 by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) to make these historic recordings and will work in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives which will help train and facilitate the project.

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Walthamstow women (Talking Together)

Walthamstow women (Talking Together)

It’s the final Talking Group session for the women of the Al Fath Trust in Walthamstow. They talk about what makes them happy before sharing some delicious homemade food to celebrate.
Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Ernest and Hanifa  (Time Together)

Ernest and Hanifa (Time Together)

Mentor and mentee reflect together on trust, change and bonding on the mentoring journey. More +

Mentor and mentee reflect together on trust, change and bonding on the mentoring journey.

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Diana (RISE)

Diana (RISE)

After living in the UK for ten years, Diana felt she wanted to help another woman adjust to life in London. She mentored a young woman from Pakistan and saw her grow more confident week by week. More +

After living in the UK for ten years, Diana felt she wanted to help another woman adjust to life in London. She mentored a young woman from Pakistan and saw her grow more confident week by week.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Nelson Mandela primary school (Talking Together)

Nelson Mandela primary school (Talking Together)

This is our volunteer Marion’s last Talking Together session with a group of women from the B12 neighbourhood in Birmingham. Two members of the TimeBank team go and pay them a visit. More +

This is our volunteer Marion’s last Talking Together session with a group of women from the B12 neighbourhood in Birmingham. Two members of the TimeBank team go and pay them a visit.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Giselle  (RISE)

Giselle (RISE)

Giselle talks about her mentee’s resilience and her unforgettable smile. More +

Giselle talks about her mentee’s resilience and her unforgettable smile. 

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Ismail and Jay (RISE)

Ismail and Jay (RISE)

Ismail is from Sudan. He was very isolated when he first met Jay. After regularly meeting up with his mentor, he is visibly more comfortable living in London. More +

Ismail is from Sudan. He was very isolated when he first met Jay. After regularly meeting up with his mentor, he is visibly more comfortable living in London.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Daniel and Sophie (RISE)

Daniel and Sophie (RISE)

When Daniel met his mentor Sophie, he wasn’t sure whether she could help him. Six months down the line they made quite the pair! Daniel discovered that we all need guidance. More +

When Daniel met his mentor Sophie, he wasn’t sure whether she could help him. Six months down the line they made quite the pair! Daniel discovered that we all need guidance. 

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Diana (RISE)

Diana (RISE)

After living in the UK for ten years, Diana felt she wanted to help another woman adjust to life in London. More +

After living in the UK for ten years, Diana felt she wanted to help another woman adjust to life in London. She mentored a young woman from Pakistan and saw her grow more confident week by week.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Marianne (RISE)

Marianne (RISE)

Marianne mentored a young woman from Eritrea. More +

Marianne mentored a young woman from Eritrea. She learned a lot about her mentee’s journey and felt extremely inspired.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Ani (RISE)

Ani (RISE)

Ani mentored a young man from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It gave him the opportunity to meet someone outside of his « bubble » and to help his mentee find his voice in English. More +

Ani mentored a young man from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It gave him the opportunity to meet someone outside of his « bubble » and to help his mentee find his voice in English.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Ernest and Hanifa  (Time Together)

Ernest and Hanifa (Time Together)

Mentor and mentee reflect together on trust, change and bonding on the mentoring journey. More +

Mentor and mentee reflect together on trust, change and bonding on the mentoring journey.

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Walthamstow women (Talking Together)

Walthamstow women (Talking Together)

It’s the final Talking Group session for the women of the Al Fath Trust in Walthamstow. They talk about what makes them happy before sharing some delicious homemade food to celebrate.
Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Ernest and Hanifa  (Time Together)

Ernest and Hanifa (Time Together)

Mentor and mentee reflect together on trust, change and bonding on the mentoring journey. More +

Mentor and mentee reflect together on trust, change and bonding on the mentoring journey.

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Ismail and Jay (RISE)

Ismail and Jay (RISE)

Ismail is from Sudan. He was very isolated when he first met Jay. After regularly meeting up with his mentor, he is visibly more comfortable living in London. More +

Ismail is from Sudan. He was very isolated when he first met Jay. After regularly meeting up with his mentor, he is visibly more comfortable living in London.  

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Daniel and Sophie (RISE)

Daniel and Sophie (RISE)

When Daniel met his mentor Sophie, he wasn’t sure whether she could help him. Six months down the line they made quite the pair! Daniel discovered that we all need guidance. More +

When Daniel met his mentor Sophie, he wasn’t sure whether she could help him. Six months down the line they made quite the pair! Daniel discovered that we all need guidance. 

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:
Farida (RISE beneficiary – London)

Farida (RISE beneficiary – London)

Farida is from Uganda. In 2018 she started a new role and was extremely nervous because she hadn’t been able to work for years. She needed support and was very grateful when TimeBank offered to match her with a RISE mentor. More +

Farida is from Uganda. In 2018 she started a new role and was extremely nervous because she hadn’t been able to work for years. She needed support and was very grateful when TimeBank offered to match her with a RISE mentor. 

Please click the blue play button below to listen to the recording:

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