Local volunteers use community currency to watch Middlesex take on Surrey at Lord’s

Thu, 04/08/2016

Volunteers from Westminster, the City of London and Buckinghamshire cashed in their community time credits for tickets to the Royal London One Day Cup at Marylebone Cricket Club earlier this week, as part of a nationwide social currency scheme.

Time Credits is an innovative new programme that rewards volunteers who give time to good causes locally. For every hour a person gives to their community, they can earn a credit that can then be spent on an hour of something they enjoy, such as theatre, art classes or a trip to Lord’s.

The scheme launched in Westminster last year and has been developed in partnership with Westminster City Council and Spice, who deliver time credit programmes across the UK.

Almost 24,000 Time Credits have been earned in London already and over 100 groups and organisations are involved, including the Royal Opera House and Barbican Centre.

Gary, who volunteers at the Connection at St. Martin’s charity near Charing Cross said: “Using Time Credits to come to Lord’s is fantastic and the atmosphere is cracking. I would definitely come back here and look forward to doing other things with Time Credits and bringing friends along.”

Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, Cllr David Harvey said:  “Time Credits is an exciting new initiative which recognises the huge contribution volunteers make supporting local causes in Westminster and across London. There’s now a wide range of activities that time credits can be spent on locally, such as this unique opportunity to watch cricket at Lord’s, and I encourage more people and organisations to make use of this fantastic service.”

Laura Brown, MCC Community Development Manager, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Spice on the Time Credits initiative, which is a fantastic way to encourage Londoners to volunteer and fits perfectly with our Community Development Programme. Volunteers make a huge contribution to many events and organisations across London, and they help make every Lord’s match day very special. It’s a pleasure to help celebrate all they do by inviting them to enjoy a day at the Home of Cricket.”

Time Credits can also be donated and gifted to friends and family.

To find out where you can spend time credits in London visit westminster.gov.uk/volunteer-rewards

Last updated: 17 August 2016
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