A year in review

Welcome to our review of the year!

“Welcome to our review of the year. I use the word ‘our’ deliberately, as this report really is a celebration of all the partnerships that help make Time Credits a success.

This year has been an exciting period of growth and learning for everyone involved in Spice Time Credits, with many new programmes launched and partners brought on board. We have been excited to see that our 2017 evaluation results represent the experiences of not only those individuals that are new to giving their time to the community, but also a significant number of individuals that have been volunteering their time to earn Time Credits for four years or more. This chimes with one of our core values – that building strong communities needs to be sustained through the regular involvement and interest of the many, rather than the few.”

Spice CEO, Ian Merrill




You never know what is around the corner, or where something is going to lead.

A friend of mine asked if I wanted to help out at a community event: I applied glitter tattoos for an afternoon and earned my first three Time Credits.

In the beginning I didn’t even know what these little slips of paper were, but just getting some recognition for my time was a great feeling.

Spending Time Credits in and around Cardiff gave my son and me the freedom to have a life outside of the house. As a single mum, I didn’t have much cash for ‘fun stuff’.

In just over two years, I have earned approximately 2000 Time Credits. I began to volunteer with more and more organisations. Whether it’s helping out at a Year 6 rugby tournament, or shovelling 13 tonnes of manure at the community allotment, you name it and I’ve probably done it.

My confidence rocketed and thanks to all my volunteering, I got a job working for a local charity as a Family Support Worker and Volunteer Coordinator.

In 2016 I was named ‘Community Development Worker of the Year’ by the Local Heroes Award.

I continue to earn Time Credits.


Your time to #takeabow

Our communities come to life through the actions of passionate individuals and organisations working together.

It’s your time to #takeabow

In particular, we want to celebrate our thousands of volunteer members and partners whose commitment to building communities is improving lives and places across the UK.

If you are not already involved, we welcome you to join the Time Credits movement!


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