Sydenham group earn Lewisham Council time credits

Peter Prinn scrapes off some stickers

Peter Prinn scrapes off some stickers

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WARM-HEARTED Sydenham folk have earned themselves a treat, thanks to a new scheme rewarding volunteers across the borough.

Free Millwall football tickets, beauty treatments, bowling sessions and a lot more are up for grabs for those who can give as little as one hour of their time to reach out to the community.

The Sydenham group earned Lewisham time credits by removing fly posters off shop fronts along Sydenham High Street with cabinet member for community services and older people Councillor Chris Best.

Credits are being offered across Lewisham as a form of community currency.  For every hour that someone gives to a community organisation which is part of the scheme, they receive one time credit note.  The note can then be spent in a range of ways.

Two credit notes could buy you a ticket for a show at The Albany in Deptford or Blackheath Halls, whilst one credit note could get you a relaxing massage, pedicure or manicure at T’ien Beauty Academy at Lewisham College.

Cllr Best said: "Earning time credits is a very tangible way for organisations to say to volunteers 'we really value the time you have given’."

Time credits were offered in Lee Green and Telegraph Hill from last May and hundreds of people got involved, a quarter of whom had never volunteered before.  They are now being introduced across Lewisham with support from a national organisation called Spice.

To sign up or find out where you can spend time credits, visit the council website.

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