Spice Time Credits Scoops Social Business Wales Award

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The Social Business Wales Awards, organised by the Wales Co-Operative Centre, help bring recognition for the excellence amongst the social business sector in Wales and create an opportunity for many different types of social business to come together and celebrate the successes and achievements of the sector.

Despite tough competition from a number of other innovative and inspiring projects, Spice South East Wales, won the Health and Social Care category through it’s unique social currency model called ‘Time Credits’.

Spice South East Wales was commissioned by Cardiff & Vale Area Planning Board (APB) in 2016 as the lead organisation to deliver the Time banking progamme to work with commissioned services to implement the scheme across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. The organisation primarily works with individuals, statutory organisations and community groups across Wales to find ways for people to give their time towards strengthening their community, and offers ways for people to be recognised for that contribution.

Owain Williams, Project Manager: Recovery Services and Social Prescribing at Spice South East Wales said:

“We always believed that Time Credits would be a valuable intervention in substance use services, and it is great to see the Cardiff & Vale project get this recognition. Time Credits are becoming an important part of an individual’s recovery journey in the region. We are excited to continue the development of this project and to help increase the amount of time being earned and spent in our wider community networks in the future”.

Conrad Eydmann, Head of Substance Misuse Strategy and Development for the Cardiff and Vale APB said: “Time credits provide a unique opportunity to reward volunteering, encourage community involvement, and to break down some of the social barriers and stigma that surround substance misuse services.  We achieve this by encouraging service users in recovery to earn credits by volunteering their time in a wide range of projects that benefit their community, and conversely, we encourage community members to earn credits by volunteering their time in substance misuse support services.  Time credits are  simple idea, but they work – this is proving itself  through the growing network of spend opportunities across South Wales that includes sports matches, theatre productions and access to independent cinema”.

Spice South East Wales will now go on to compete in the national Social Business UK Awards, which will be held on 24th November 2017 in London. Good Luck!

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