22.Jul.2004

Volunteering To Receive Funding Boost

TimeBank, the national volunteering charity, is pleased to announce that they have been given £265,000 to develop work with young volunteers and refugee mentors.

The charity has secured £180,000 from the European Refugee Fund to continue and to expand their successful refugee mentoring project Time Together, which matches UK citizens with refugees in one on one mentoring relationships. The project currently operates in London, Glasgow and Birmingham but this additional funding means the scheme will be able to extend to other cities in the UK, including Manchester and Southampton.

Sarah Arnold, Time Together project manager said:

“Mentoring is one of the most rewarding forms of giving time, benefiting both the mentor and the mentored. Fruitful friendships develop between people from very different backgrounds and cultures - this goes a long way to helping refugees, many who have come to Britain to escape horrific circumstances, feel at home in the UK and able to contribute culturally, socially and economically.

“We are thrilled that this generous grant will ensure that Time Together can grow and expand so that more people, both UK citizens and refugees, are able to benefit.”

The Bridgehouse Trust has awarded a grant of £75,000 over a period of three years to the Young TimeBank project. This encourages and facilitates the community involvement of 11-19 year olds. Young TimeBank is supported by innovative software and materials, which aid pupils in schools and further education colleges to design, publicise and recruit for projects based on their concerns and ambitions. These include: a community hip-hop radio station to give young people a platform, a multi-cultural fashion show to support the Red Cross, a peace concert and a campaign to re-install Christmas lights on a local high street.

James Edleston, Young TimeBank project manager said:

“Young TimeBank provides an exciting and accessible outlet for the enthusiasm of young people who may not be able to find relevant opportunities within the traditional voluntary sector.

“We are delighted with this funding win which will help us to continue to nurture a variety of projects, all conceived and run by young people themselves.”

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For more press information:
Louise Clifton Tel: 020 7401 5428 / Mob: 07977 219629
Email: l.clifton@timebank.org.uk

or

Fiona McBain Tel: 020 7401 5433
Email: f.mcbain@timebank.org.uk

Notes to editors
1. Time Together was launched in 2002. TimeBank’s Time Together initiative is supported by The Employability Forum, The Princes Trust and The European Refugee Fund. Volunteers give a minimum of five hours a month to mentor a refugee. The scheme aims to help refugees integrate in their new community, create ambassadors for refugees in UK communities and promote more positive images of refugees in the media. For more interesting facts and/or case studies or for more information on becoming a refugee mentor or coach log onto log onto www.timebank.org.uk/mentor call 0845 456 1668.

2. The Energise website was launched in December 2003. Young TimeBank is also a resource for youth workers and for schools looking to add an experiential element to citizenship education. For more interesting facts or case studies or for more information on Young TimeBank log onto www.timebank.org.uk/energise

3. TimeBank is a national campaign inspiring and connecting people to share and give time.