The Mersey Gateway Project

The Mersey Gateway Time Bank scheme which provides help and support for groups, charities and organisations in Halton will re-open Monday 7 January 2019 and will run until Friday 29 March 2019.

The Time Bank is a way for Merseylink and Merseyflow to demonstrate their commitment to the local area and provide practical help and support to schools, colleges, charities, and community groups.

The scheme offers an innovative way of matching the skills of the Merseylink and Merseyflow teams with local needs to provide long-lasting benefits to community life in Halton.

Some of the organisations which have benefited from the £121,000 of support given by the Time Bank to date

Since the scheme was launched in May 2014 the Time Bank has already gifted over 20,000 hours of support with £121,000 worth of community benefits delivered locally across 18 projects in Runcorn and Widnes.

Following an application to Time Bank, Brunswick House, which provides supported accommodation for older people, can enjoy their new look garden.

Merseylink provided a landscape architect to design the outdoor space, and four general construction apprentices helped to physically create the garden.

Secretary Ann Burns said: “Since we approached Merseylink Time Bank our project went from strength to strength. If we had to pay for the work ourselves it would have taken all of the funding we had raised and more. Our new garden is beyond our wildest dreams. We really cannot thank Merseylink Time Bank enough for helping us to complete our project.”

How it works

The Time Bank offers a framework of activities supported by a commitment of time and resources from the operations and maintenance team, Merseylink and toll administrator, Merseyflow. It uses ‘deposits’ of time from experienced teams – time which can then be used to give real practical support to organisations and individuals who need it.

A minimum of 30 days per year are committed through the Time Bank, and assistance can include anything from regeneration activities, career advice, technical advice and community and charity support.

Individuals from Merseylink and Merseyflow have also expressed an interest in offering more personal commitments such as mentoring, coaching, and presentation skills aimed at young people or the unemployed to increase their chances of securing sustainable employment.

Working with Halton Borough Council, Time Bank is overseen and managed by the Merseylink Network Steward, who reports to the Mersey Gateway Employment Skills Governance Board to ensure that the ‘deposits’ of time and/or resources are targeted at the needs of the local schools, colleges, charities, and community groups and are used effectively to secure clear and measurable community benefits.

The next round of Time Bank opens on Monday 7 January 2019 and runs until Friday 29 March 2019.

Community groups, local charities and organisations who are interested in applying for support from the Time Bank are advised to get their applications in soon.

You can email to apply or for more information.

Halton Borough Council Mersey Link

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