NEWSLETTER WHAT’S ON
Food for All
evening 6pm –
7.30pm at the
HELP ON HAND FOR HAITI! £2.50 for members
We must have all been shocked by the recent earthquake, death and £4.00 for non-
toll, hunger and poverty which struck the Asian Island of Haiti members.
However, one of our longest serving members, Neelam Handa
wants the West End of Newcastle to dig deep and help and enjoy a CHAT
great evening out at the same time!
Neelam is organising an event at The Hindu Temple on the West Advocacy
Road on Saturday, February 27th. Proceedings begin at 6.30 pm Service
and end at 10.30pm. Tickets cost £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for
children, all of which goes directly to helping Haitians! Every Monday
There will be all sorts of food and entertainment on offer for between 10am and
people of all ages, from toddlers to pensioners. It promises to be a 12 noon at the
great night out too. Time Exchange members can also earn credits CHATshop
for helping out with anything that provides even more fun!
Neelam told ‘The News, this week, “We sometimes complain we’re
poor but if we consider those without food, water, medical Wingrove
supplies and who’ve possibly lost their entire families, we don’t
know just how lucky we are!”
Give us a call to offer a helping hand with anything from face The 4th Wednesday
painting to dancing – it’s all for a good cause. of every month. 6pm
– 7pm at the
The Time Exchange are looking for help from our ‘green fingered’ The Rights
Could you also turn your hand to a bit of fundraising work too? As Project
you’ll know, we’ve now for many years been striving to improve Advice and
the environment in which we live, something which attracts new information service
residents too. We want to carry on flying that flag and are looking for all West End
at expanding it in the future. residents, on
Project Manager, Theresa, told ‘The News’ this week, “Many of our
members have extensive skills in both gardening and fundraising. Welfare Benefits etc
We hope to carry on with the Hanging Basket work, introduce Assistance with
other similar schemes, possibly ‘Grow Your Own plans’ and filling in forms such
eventually provide a constant supply of fresh produce for our as benefit claim
Food for All evenings, ultimately becoming almost self sufficient forms, help with
in fresh produce! Members may have their own ideas too and we’ll benefit appeals and
consider anything that improves our lot.”
So, if you’ve a grand plan or a ‘Secret Millionaire’ in hiding, don’t much more.
hesitate to get in touch! Tel: 0191 273 1838
Free Gardening KEEP OUR STREETS GREEN AND
Classes! CLEAN IN 2010
The Cyrenians recently
received funding to If you need to recycle any household goods in a
provide free gardening hurry, here are some useful contacts:
classes for anyone Community Furniture on 0191 265 9267 for
interested. They want to furniture recycling
get people growing their West End Refugee Service on 0191 273 7482 for
own fruit and vegetables clothing, toys, bedding and kitchen equipment.
using organic methods. Envirocall on 0191 274 4000 for bulky article
They have a centre at collections (charges may apply).
Elliott House on Bentinck Help to keep our area looking clean by reporting
Road, complete with a any graffiti, fly tipping, and dog fouling. Ring
large greenhouse, Envirocall on 0191 274 4000.
polytunnels and modern Join the Freecycle network on www.freecycle.org
classroom facilities. Phil to help reduce waste and landfill.
Buxton, their horticulture
project manager, told ‘The
News’ this week, “We’ve
THE EASY WAY TO FUNDRAISE!
Even if you are trying to cut back on your spending you can
already run a few courses still help raise funds for the Time Exchange every time you
but can run more and shop online. The Time Exchange is registered with a fund
larger ones, so we simply raising website called Easyfundraising.
just want let everyone Anyone can register on this site and raise funds for their
know!” chosen charity, wherever they chose to shop.
There are no hidden charges, you simply pay for your
If you’re interested, ring
shopping as usual and a percentage will go to your chosen
Phil on 0191 645 2505 or charity, donated by the retailers.
email him at: So next time you go online check out
MEMBER OFFERS & REQUESTS
STATEMENTS Pritti has some ring binders and lever arch files
We have printed off on offer.
statements for those of you Pat is looking for an Adidas tracksuit, size
who have been busy earning 10/12.
and spending credits in the
Rachel is looking for a PC monitor.
last 3 months.
We will email your latest Andy has several cast model/toy cars on offer.
transactions if you normally Fay is looking for a vacuum cleaner and a 6
receive an E-newsletter. way extension lead.
Please check your recent Pat would like to know if there are any Arabic
exchanges and let us know lessons available locally.
if we have missed any
Alison is looking for a filing cabinet or some
credits or debits out!
Don’t worry about all the shelving.
text on the back of the Pritti is looking for a wardrobe and a large bag
statement – we are just or suitcase.
recycling some old If you have any new skills you would like to
regeneration documents to offer give us a call.
save wasting paper.
DO NOWT AND YOU GET
NOWT! A KEYRING FOR MANY DOORS!
Geoff Brown, ‘The Local Bore,
You can’t Ignore,’ writes: Have
you ever made a 10 minute call
for help from a public service?
Most of us do regularly but the
scandal is that many of these
calls could cost us up to £2 or
even £3.00! Since 1990, KeyRing has given housing related support to
The main offenders are banks, people with learning disabilities. We now have over one
government agencies, energy hundred networks throughout England and Wales.
companies and even healthcare The KeyRing network in the West End of Newcastle is in the
providers. They use 0845, 0870, Arthur’s Hill area. Members live independently in their own
0871 and also 0844 numbers.
homes, with many layers of support around them to maintain
What’s more the companies and
organisations who use them often
their independence and safety. Other members offer
keep you hanging on or listening neighbourly support and friendship. A local KeyRing
to various options about their volunteer provides flexible support and KeyRing staff provide
services before choosing the one additional support when needed. KeyRing members also
you think that’s right for you. receive support from friends, family, neighbours and the Time
Another rip – off is that it pays Exchange.
these organisations to keep you With the help of KeyRing’s network, members become
holding on too! Last year alone, increasingly valuable to their community. From being a good
the DVLA made £3.4 million from neighbour to getting involved in community projects, they are
its 0870 number, according to a people who are interested in giving support to others as well
recent Which report. The
as receiving it.
companies are paid a premium
for using these automated
Due to some recent changes at Arthur’s Hill, there are
services and they rack up even currently some vacancies for new members. If you or
higher profits. Calling from mobile someone you know might be interested, please contact
phones is even higher still! Catriona Hackney on 07917 686658 or visit our website at
BT recently offered concessions www.keyring.org.
on some numbers at off peak
times but not on all numbers at all
times, so they deserve a bit of a
pat on the back. OFFERS & REQUESTS
However, we have a solution for Lynne has some henna and gloves on offer.
you! Recently retired computer Joanna is offering a low level deck chair.
expert, Daniel, as he chooses to
be known, set up a website, Pritti is looking for a safety fire guard and
www.saynoto0870.com which bedding for a Moses basket.
lists over 5,000 alternative Lynne is offering a Shower smart adapter – for
numbers to those which regularly
cost the earth. “I was absolutely
saving money on water bills.
incensed at this rip off, as often Pat has several Coleus plants on offer.
the poorer members of society Joanna would like conversational French &
are hit hardest and decided to put Hebrew lessons.
my retirement to good use and
give them a hand,” said Daniel.
Pat & Michael would like some table lamps.
The service costs nothing to use Jannette is looking for a portable TV aerial and
and from now on your calls could a Freeview box.
well be free too! Karen Darby Isabel has an electric typewriter on offer.
head of price comparison service,
SimplySwitch told ‘The Bore,’ Haifa is looking for a vacuum cleaner, iron,
“This is a great example of cooker and a fridge for her flat.
consumer backlash and Daniel The Time Exchange has some energy saving
deserves a medal!”
light bulbs on offer.
AN HOUR SHARED IS AN Pritti has some cream floral patterned curtains,
HOUR SPARED! a freezer and a moses basket on offer.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH SKILLS OFFERED:
FOOD AND COOKING ORGANISATIONAL
“Lost time is never Basic cooking skills
found again!” Vegan Cookery
Benjamin Franklin. HOUSEHOLD Proof reading
House-minding How to ‘surf the net’
Putting out rubbish
Recycling EDUCATION AND
CONTACT US Basic Gardening TRAINING
Errands Help with reading
Theresa / Sunnie/ Saima Help with research
Time Exchange ARTS AND CRAFTS Help with writing
235 Stanton Street Sewing Help with spelling
Arthur’s Hill Knitting Homework help
Photography Computer tuition (one to one)
Newcastle upon Tyne Computer repairs
NE4 5LJ Artwork
Help with art projects Interview preparation
Cartoon Drawing Teaching IT and web design
Email Music reading
FAMILY AND PETS Teaching English
Telephone Dog walking/sitting
Translating and teaching Arabic
0191 2453814 Pet minding
ADVICE AND PERSONAL SUPPORT
Office Opening Hours INFORMATION Companionship
Monday – Wednesday Car Advice Telephone reassurance
9.00am – 3.30pm Advocacy Car lifts
Thursday – Friday How to save money by doing a
10am- 4pm monthly budget
CREDITS, EGGS, LOBSTERS…
MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND!
(TO BE SUNG TO THE TUNE OF ‘MONEY MONEY
Julia – our pet anthropologist – has been wondering about what it was like for you when you
first joined the Time Exchange. Did the idea of helping people out and getting credits for it
seem completely weird to you, or was it similar to stuff you’d done before?
In many communities all over the world people help each other out, and often they use some
kind of tokens to keep a record of who has done what. Julia has met people who baby-sit for
each other, and ‘earn’ curtain rings for doing this, which they then spend on baby-sitting from
other members of the group. In some villages around Durham (where Julia comes from),
people use eggs as a kind of ‘money’. The fishiest example is what happens in some fishing
villages down South. There, if you carry out a favour for a neighbour, you are likely to be
presented with a lobster to either eat yourself, or pass on!!
Perhaps (for you) being in the Time Exchange is simply another kind of volunteering... Did
you take part in other kinds of volunteering before you joined the Time Exchange? How do
you feel about earning credits for all your hard work?
If anyone wants to talk about any of this stuff, Julia would be happy to give you a credit for
your time as it will help her with her research.