Fair Shares Tewkesbury helps local bookshop, Bookworm
A charity that encourages local people to volunteer their time is practising what it preaches by helping to staff a local charity bookshop for a couple of weeks, to tide them over a temporary staffing crisis.
Fair Shares Time Bank in Tewkesbury is a community based project that uses two way volunteering to reward people for the time and effort they put into their neighbourhood. For every hour of help that someone gives, they can earn one Fair Share's time credit. They can then use these credits to spend on things that they might need help with.
When Fair Shares heard that Bookworm, a local charity bookshop, needed a bit of extra support, they leapt at the chance to show how the time bank can work in Tewkesbury. They have set up a temporary office on the premises for two weeks from 19 November, helping the existing band of dedicated volunteers by ensuring that there is a regular presence in the shop.
Bookworm is a charity shop specialising in second-hand and antiquarian books, music, Cds, DVDs and sheet music. It was founded in 2010 by a group of friends and has three principles:
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1. To donate profits to a selection of charities including Cancer Research UK
2. To provide a good bookshop for the benefit of the people of Tewkesbury and the many visitors to the town
3. To stop unwanted books going to landfill
"It's a great opportunity for us to give a practical example
of how Fair Shares works and to help a fellow charity at the same time" says Susie
from Fair Shares.
Fair Shares is the UK's largest (and longest established)
time bank encouraging people to give time to their community across
Gloucestershire since 1998. Between
April 2011 and March 2012 over 1100 participants and 200 organisations
contributed more than 100,000 hours of volunteering.
To find out more about Fair Shares - and to have a peep at the fantastic range of books on offer at Bookworm - why not pop in? Bookworm is based at 150 High Street, Tewkesbury, and Fair Shares will be there for two weeks from 19 November. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01684 850548.