It was a day of new experiences as old friends Lesley and Pierre joined a group of people from Medway that travelled to London to spend Medway Time Credits at The Household Cavalry Museum and Banqueting House. Lesley is a retired teacher and earned Time Credits for helping out at woodwork classes organised by Medway Ethnic Minority Forum.
Lesley gifted some of her Time Credits to her friend Pierre, a retired engineer with a love of history, so that he could join her on the trip. Pierre loves exploring the history of Britain and talking to people about it. He is registered blind and also has a hearing impairment, leaving him mostly housebound. Opportunities like the Time Credit spend trip make a huge difference, not just for the information but for the companionship.
“I thoroughly enjoyed that day out,” said Pierre “I listen to lots of audio books at home. The London trip was unusual for me.”
At the visually stunning Banqueting House, helpful staff members made sure he had access to audio commentary about the art on display. Pierre eagerly listened to the entire length of commentary available. His only complaint: “It was a pity I didn’t have more time there!”
They both also greatly enjoyed the visit to The Household Cavalry Museum, especially the displays about The Marquis of Granby. Lesley explains, “You see so many pubs called that name around. It was really good to see who they are named after.”
For Lesley, the Medway Time Credits network and the connections it offers is what she values most. Through the network, she met a Tai Chi teacher who offers classes in exchange for Time Credits and Lesley would like to learn this next. She has also learned about other groups in Medway like Walderslade Together, that is another community group partner with Time Credits. Pierre and Lesley are planning to attend Walderslade Together’s budget cooking classes soon.
Pierre concludes, “It was a new experience for me that I enjoyed and I would recommend it to anyone else.” He’s now considering what he can offer to the community – his qualified experience in reflexology or aromatherapy, perhaps.
Lesley has a strong conviction about how people can be helped in their communities and is inspired to get more involved:
“I’m going to be starting a new ukulele group after Christmas to teach beginners. I want to start accepting Time Credits for that group.”
Lesley and Pierre’s experience is a great story to celebrate nine months of Medway Time Credits. Since the day trip they’ve arranged to meet up with some of the new groups and individuals they encountered. Those few Time Credits earned by Lesley has led to many more opportunities and possibilities for the future than she ever imagined.
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