In episode 43 of the Good News Shared podcast we speak with David Russell, Head of Policy and Development for a social enterprise called Spice, about volunteering and time credits. Spice use Time Credits as a tool to create community change, so if you volunteer for one hour, you get a credit to spend at a local venue, such as a theatre, gym, visitor attraction, museum or gallery.

Listen to the interview below:

Click here to listen to the interview in iTunes

Some interesting Time Credit statistics:

  • More than 22,000 people have earned Time Credits
  • 200,000+ people supported through Time Credit earning
  • 400,000+ hours of time given
  • 81% said Time Credits have had a positive impact on their quality of life
  • 77% have taken part in more community activity
  • 64% spend more time with others in their local community

 

In the interview you will hear about:

  • What Time Credits are
  • What people are spending their Time Credits on
  • The benefits of using Time Credits to encourage volunteering
  • Some of the places across the UK where you can use Time Credits (St Paul’s Cathedral, for example, is just two Time Credits!)
  • How the name ‘Spice’ came about

… And much more!

If you would like to find out more please click here to visit the Spice website.

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Nisha Kotecha is the Founder of Good News Shared. Having worked and volunteered for charities in the UK for over 10 years, Nisha is on a mission to highlight how amazing charities are.

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