North Edinburgh Timebank

TIMEBANKING: A Recipe for a Healthy, Caring and Supportive Community


  • People – any number, any size, any shape, any age
  • Time – best quality, only small quantities required
  • Reciprocity – full flavour, traditional variety.  Helping is a two-way street
  • Fun – in generous helpings


  • Take as many fresh people as can be found locally
  • Sift out their spare time and individual talents
  • Blend and mix thoroughly
  • Season with a healthy sprinkling of reciprocity
  • Add a large dollop of fun
  • Leave to prove in a warm environment to allow trust to permeate

Timebanking is a way of bringing people together in a community to share whatever it is they have: time, skills, expertise, anything and everything that makes good community spirit!

Everyone has something to offer their community, and we all need to each other to create a great community. Timebanking encourages people to come up with creative ways of improving their communities and learning new things.

People can become lonely and socially isolated for lots of different reasons. Timebanking is a way of encouraging people to get involved in their at their own pace.

North Edinburgh Timebank groups:

Timebank Temptations: Thursday 10am – 12.00noon, North Edinburgh Arts

This is your local community singing group. It’s for everybody. If you enjoy singing come along. Singing in a group makes you feel great, improves your mood and helps your confidence. You don’t have to be good you don’t have to read music. You just have to want to give it a go!

We sing all sorts of songs: pop, folk, songs from musicals, world music. We perform regularly, write our songs and we will be recording a CD! We always welcome new people.


Knit and Natter: Wednesdays 10am -12.00noon, North Edinburgh Arts Café

For those who can knit and crochet and those who want to learn. We knit and crochet different items: toys, blankets, hats, gloves, scarves….We make a bit of money from selling the stuff and we also make things for charity. We also get out and about and attend events and organise masterclasses to learn new stuff.

Chat Café – joint project with Living In Harmony and PCHP: Thursdays 12.30pm -2.00pm at Pilton Community Health Project (PCHP)

For those new to the area and those who’ve been here a while. For those learning English and those who already speak it. This is a relaxed group to help people make friends and find their way about the area, share different cultures and learn new skills. We meet every week, usually a couple of people bring food to share, we chat, plan activities (like craft making sessions, trips out etc) and generally get to know each other. We have a free creche – which must be booked in advance.

Community Meal – joint project with North Edinburgh Arts and Muirhouse Link Up

On the first Wednesday of the month, we get together at the café in North Edinburgh Arts and share a meal. People bring along enough food for 3 or 4 people if they can, and we share it. People make curries, spaghetti bolognese, stews, veggie bakes soup, bread, salad, cakes – anything they fancy. We will cover the costs. This is a fantastic way to relax, enjoy good food, good conversation and a good laugh!

Contact: phone/text Heather Yang on 07958540438


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North Edinburgh Timebank is managed by and funded by City of Edinburgh Council.