The Charterhouse Rewards Volunteers in London

  • 31 Oct 2019
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The Charterhouse, London, is the latest organisation to join Tempo Time Credits, an innovative social currency scheme that recognises the time people give to their community.

Tempo is a national organisation that rewards volunteers for their service with Time Credits which can be redeemed for a wide range of experiences, now including tours at the Charterhouse.

In the City of London, Tempo is working with the City of London Corporation to help strengthen communities and support engagement in housing services. People earn Time Credits for a wide variety of activities ranging from running a gardening group to being a member of the Youth Advisory Panel.

The launch of this partnership reflects the Charterhouse’s commitment to the London community. Previous participants in the Tempo Time Credit scheme have reported fantastic improvements in their well-being with 63% feeling less lonely or isolated, 66% feeling more confident, 69% feeling more positive about their future and 79% reporting an improvement in their quality of life.

Holly Walker, the Charterhouse Volunteer Coordinator, says: “Running a flourishing venue or historic site is so dependent on the wonderful volunteers who donate their time, expertise and friendliness to welcoming and helping the public enjoy their visits – and our volunteers are no exception.  We are very pleased to join this scheme which gives our volunteers something back, and welcomes other volunteers to discover our amazing history here.”

Ian Merrill, CEO Tempo, said “We are thrilled to welcome the Charterhouse to our innovative Spend Partner Network. They are joining organisations such as the Tower of London, Cardiff Millennium Stadium and Blackpool Tower in providing exciting opportunities to spend Time Credits.  Access to this incredible historical site, within a person’s local community, is sure to benefit volunteers’ physical and mental health significantly.”

Tempo, the social enterprise behind Time Credits, was founded in South Wales and has since spread across the UK. Time Credits encourage individuals to volunteer for the community, in return for a Time Credit note for each hour they give. The Time Credit can be ‘spent’ on community, cultural and leisure activities both in their area and across the national network of partners. To date, across Time Credits programmes in England and Wales, over 50,000 people participated in earning, and over 700,000 Time Credits have been earned.


Find out more about The Charterhouse here.


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