Aims and objetives

General scheme features

The programme unpacked 

Candidates selection

Stay practicalities


More Information and application form



Time banks are mutual volunteering schemes whereby neighbours help each other through transactions that do not use money but ‘time credits’ as currency. Mutual help increases the social capital of the community as well as its wealth and health. In current times of crisis, time banks are more needed than ever.

The Rushey Green Time Bank (RGTB) is the first one to be based in a General Practice, where doctors can refer patients to the time bank. Thus, GPs can give more holistic care as they have a new resource to ‘treat’ social needs. You now have the opportunity to visit this unique experience through the Spandoc Time Bank scheme. Open to all health or social care professionals.

The RGTB is a registered charity (nonprofit organisation) and obtains funding for its expenses through donations, grants and teaching activity (including the Spandoc Time Bank scheme).

You can find more information about Time Banks and RGTB at:


Aims and objetives

This observership is for health and social professionals seeking to gain special knowledge and experience of Time Banking, in particular in a health setting.  The observer will acquire a significant understanding of the benefits of time banking, by being immersed in the day to day activities of the multi-award winning Rushey Green Time bank, and its members.

Rushey Green Time Bank was the first time bank set up in a health centre, 15 years ago, at the Rushey Green Group Practice in south London. Over this period of time, the time bank has gained a high level of experience and knowledge of working with and motivating – often isolated – patients, to ‘coproduce’ their wellbeing.

The observership will equip and envision the health and social care professional who is looking for something extra and effective to empower clients to be pro-active to reduce the isolation and dependencies that can prevent them from experiencing a sense of being in control, wellbeing and belonging.

The participant will also have the opportunity to open a guest account in the Time Bank and exchange time credits with local members, thus getting a more personal experience if wished. This exchange would typically be around offering/receiving language practice (e.e. Spanish/English) but of course is open to any sort of skills the participant may wish to offer or get benefit from.

Areas of observation and study

• What is time banking?

• Rushey Green Time bank  – history, performance, benefits

• Values that underpin the success and integrity of the time bank

• Coproduction

• The function of the time bank ‘broker’

• Activities of the time bank, members, groups

• The role of stakeholders in health and social care

• Impact of Time Banking

• Impact on the Rushey Green Group Practice

• Systems and administration

• What makes a thriving time bank?

• How to set up a time bank in a health centre?

• How to maintain a time bank in a health centre?

The programme is designed to include a variety of activities that are scheduled to inform the observer, towards a significant understanding of the workings and benefits of the time bank. At the end of the programme the observer will be sufficiently equipped to initiate a time bank, with the know-how of the building blocks required to build a time bank in a health setting.


General scheme features

Spandoc Time Bank (STB) provides 1-week or 2-week observership stays at Rushey Green Time bank in London for healthcare or social care professionals, or volunteers who wish to learn about timebanking for any reason including personal or professional interest or the intention to set up new time banks in their area of origin.

Essential features of the scheme

• The visitor is welcomed by the Time Bank Manager, Mr Philippe Granger, who designs and supervises their stay.

• Visitors may come from anywhere in the world, but it is essential that they have a good command of the English language. However, for visitors whose mother tongue is not English, it may be possible to find a  bilingual Mentor within the time bank members as an additional support.

• The visitor receives tutorials and participates in RGTB activities as sketched below. A more detailed programme is sent to the registered visitor nearer to their stay.

• Tuition fees are paid to RGTB to contribute to its sustainability.

• The scheme is served to the visitor as a pack together with high quality accommodation and daily transport including trips from and to the airport. 

• The visitor joins the scheme by paying Spandoc Ltd a registration fee which covers all the above costs.

• Spandoc Time Bank is a structured training programme, and therefore participants will receive a Certificate of Learning issued by The Rushey Green Time Bank, holder of Timebanking UK Quality accreditation.

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How will the observer learn?

• Through a comprehensive programme of activities with staff and members

• Going along to events and time banking exchanges

• Interviewing and visiting members of the time bank

• Exchanging time credits with members (offering and receiving hours)

• Talking to health professionals at the GP practice

• Visits to other local time banks

• Hands on practice with the systems and administration of the time bank

• Reflection and one to one tuition with staff


The programme unpacked

What is time banking?

• Origins and history of time banking

• Core values of time banking

• Time credits system

• Different models of time banking

• Overview of Time banks in London, UK, worldwide

Rushey Green Time bank

• How it started

• Partnership with GPs and other health professionals

• Health context, mental and physical

• The 5 ways of mental wellbeing

• Belonging, neighbourliness and community development

Values that underpin the success and integrity of the time bank

• Core values of time banking in practice

• The values created by the members for the members

• Safeguarding


• What is co-production and how relevant it is in the context of helping patients become active participants to improve their wellbeing

• Engagement, accountability, decision-making and the participants empowering themselves and each other through time banking

• Sustainable communities

The function of the time bank ‘broker’

  • Main role of the broker
  • Broker tasks  – general, and specialisms
  • Partnership between broker and time bank members
  • Broker safety
  • Boundaries

Activities of the time bank

• How to engage shy and/or isolated people

• One to one exchanges

• The wide extent of the type of exchanges as well as the limitations

• Group activities

• Relationship with the GP practice and members’ involvement

• Workshops, training 

The role of the local stakeholders in health and social care

• Health and social care professionals

• Local government and statutory services

• Voluntary Sector groups and infrastructure

Impact of time banking

• Reducing isolation

• Improving self-esteem

• Raising self confidence

• Picking up new skills

• Empowerment

• Social interaction

• Neighbourliness

• Civic engagement

• Better wellbeing

Impact on the Rushey Green Group Practice

• Provision of holistic health care

• Patients involvement

• Community arm of the health centre

Systems and administration

• Organisation structure

• Publicity

• Referrals

• Inductions

• Safeguarding, references, police checks

• Digital software

• Insurance

• Communication, newsletters, calendars

• Policies

• Finance

• Performance management, monitoring and evaluation

• Broker training

• Staff support and supervision

What makes a thriving time bank?

• Vision and leadership

• Values

• Realistic expectations

• Inclusion and diversity

• Respect

• Co-production

• Partnerships

• Level of time banking exchanges

• Ability to earn and spent credits in meaningful and attractive ways

• Partnerships with other stakeholders for sharing resources, opportunities, funding, accessing services and products for the benefit of the members of the time bank

How to set up a time bank in a health centre?

• Vision and leadership

• Spreading the vision in the centre

• Enlisting health professionals on steering group

• Enlist patients to partner with the GPs

• Resources

How to maintain a time bank in a health centre?

• Enlisting health professionals and maintain vision with the GPs

• Increase members’ activities in the centre so that the time bank is fully integrated in the services provided by the centre

• Increase opportunities for patients to access services and help via the time bank



Candidates selection

1. Candidates who intend to apply for funding from third parties should contact their funding institution first and follow their application procedure. Spandoc may issue a pre-acceptance letter on request if appropriate.

2. Candidates should address their application to Spandoc ( and send:

√ Filled Application Form

√ CV in English

√ Cover letter in English, commenting on their aims

√ Contact details of two referees

On selection of candidates, three main aspects will be considered for a score to be given with a maximum of 10 points :

√ English level*: up to 4 points

√ Learning motivation and proved learning capacity: up to 3 points

√ Potential to influence their environment: up to 3 points 

No particular qualification or experience is required, however preference will be given to:

√ healthcare professionals

√ social care professionals

√ voluntary sector workers

* (It should be Advanced. If you are unsure of your level of English, please write to to request that we send you an online test.)

3. Spandoc will inform the candidate about the result of their application within 2-4 weeks. This result may be one of the following three:

√ Selected Candidate: the applicant has obtained the highest score for the stay considered and a place is offered;

√ Deferred Application: the applicant is eligible but, either they do not obtain the highest score or a stay is not available at the dates requested; the applicant is placed on a waiting lis for a possible offer of a later stay;

√ Refused Application: the applicant is not eligible to participate in the programme at this time. 

The selected candidates will be notified that the placement will be reserved for them for a maximum of 4 weeks from notification.

4. The applicant or their funding institution should make payment of the fee within 4 weeks of notification of selection.

5. If after these 4 weeks Spandoc has not received payment of the fee, the reservation will be cancelled and the placement may be offered to another candidate.



Stay practicalities


You will be staying at one-bedroom flat in South East London.

√ Check-in: Sunday “Day 1” of stay after 12:00 midday (12pm)

Check-out: Saturday “Day 7” or “Day 14”of stay before 14:00 (2pm)

You will find:

√ essential toiletries and breakfast items for the first days

√ information about where to shop nearby

√ a mobile phone with a British SIM card

√ free WiFi internet connection

√ contact numbers to call in case you have any questions


You should arrange a flight to a London airport, to arrive on the first day or your stay, “Day 1”.

A cab arranged by Spandoc will collect you from the airport on arrival, take you to your assigned flat, and then collect you at the flat to take you back to the airport on your las day of your stay, “Day 7” or “Day 14”.

During your stay, a cab arranged by Spandoc will take you daily to Rushey Green Time Bank and back home.




Standard – two weeks: 2.000€
Payment in instalments (term 3 years)*: 58,90€ / month*
Standard – one week: 1.250€
Payment in instalments (term 2 years)*: 54,19€ / month*


* Amounts estimated, for illustrative purposes, on the basis of student loans offered by different financial institutions. The applicant may partially or totally finance the stay’s enrollment by means of a bank of his/her choice.

Fee includes:

√ Accommodation with free WiFi internet connection

√ Transport within London

√ A mobile phone with a British SIM card

√ 30-35 hours of tuition and activities at the Rushey Green Time Bank

√ Two books on time banking (No more throw away people, by Edgar Cahn, and Your life or your money, by Martin Simons) plus other preparatory materials.

It does not include:

√ Flight to London

√ Meals

The placement will not be confirmed until payment of the fee, which should be made within 4 weeks of notification of selection. Failure to pay the fee after 4 weeks of notification of selection will result in cancellation of the booking.



Accommodation is provided in a 2-bedroom flat (see pictures here). The participant may share this accommodation with other guests if they wish at a supplementary fee of €125 per guest/week.


Form of payment

√ Single payment: Bank transfer to Spandoc’s bank account.

√ Payment in instalments: via Banco Popular.

√ Partial or total payments using Bonobeca.



Cancellation may be requested in writing at any time before the starting date. The payment can be partially reimbursed after applying one of the following cancellation fees, which will depend on the prior notice given.

Cancellation Fees

> 120 days before the commencement of the stay:  100€
90-119 days before the commencement of the stay: 10% of the fee
60-89 days before the commencement of the stay: 20% of the fee
15-59 days before the commencement of the stay: 40% of the fee
3-14 days before the commencement of the stay: 60% of the fee
< 72 hours before the commencement of the stay: 80% of the fee



In the rare event that Spandoc cancels the stay, the fee paid will be returned. Except in the case of force majeure, a compensation amount will be added, equal to the amounts shown in the table above according to the notice given, up to a maximum of 750 €. This compensation will be in the following format:

    Form of payment:
≥ 90 days before the commencement of the stay: 75€ Bank transfer
60-89 days before the commencement of the stay: 190€ Bank transfer
15-59 days before the commencement of the stay: 375€ Bank transfer
< 15 days before the commencement of the stay: 750€ 500€ Bank transfer + 250€ Bonobeca



More Information and application form

Coordination of schemes

Dr Isabel García Gimeno

Director de Spandoc

654 187 425