Give time, where credit’s due

Time Credits are the largest time-based currency in the UK. They offer an innovative way to attract and retain volunteers, drive engagement in services and maximise community participation.


Tempo develops Time Credits programmes that achieve positive impact for organisations, communities and individuals.

We always work with partners, including local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health Boards, housing providers, health and social care providers, schools and voluntary organisations.

The benefits of Time Credits include:

  • More people volunteering
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • A stronger voluntary sector
  • Better designed services

> Watch our simple explainer video on co-production and working with public services


We are always keen to hear from organisations that are interested in using Time Credits. There are the two main ways to work with us:

Develop a Time Credits programme

A Time Credits programme works with local organisations to achieve impact across a community. We usually focus on a community or place and have a specific outcomes focus, such as community resilience or substance use recovery.

Read more about developing a Time Credits programme

DIY Time Credits for organisations working with volunteers

‘DIY Time Credits’ offers individual organisations access to Time Credits through an annual subscription, enabling them to recognise existing volunteers, incentivise the recruitment of new volunteers, and increase the number of activities delivered.

Read more about DIY Time Credits


People who volunteer with us feel extremely valued, they have started to develop their own projects and commit even more time than ever before.Local organisation, Cardiff  

Time Credits have enabled our volunteers to understand our organisation better, meet new people and have better and more choices in where they volunteer.  They have met new friends and tried things they would usually be unable to try.  Time Credits are amazing!Local partner, Chorley 

A wonderful organisation with a can-do attitude and impressive reach into communities.  Professional, responsive, proactive and they are meeting and exceeding our expectations in terms of measurable targets – a joy to work with and we hope to expand the programme and embed it across council services in the medium-longer term.Council commissioner   

More information about the impact of using Time Credits to recognise participation & reward volunteering

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