Sharing Time to Improve Mental Health and Social Cohesion: The Example of Time Banks

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17th May 2022 from 9.30-11.00 CET


Sharing Time to Improve Mental Health and Social Cohesion: The Example of Time Banks


Elvira Méndez, General Director, Associació Salut i Família, Spain


The Associació Salut i Família has been promoting for more than twenty years the creation of free service exchange networks between people who live and / or work in the same neighborhood, town or city. These networks for the exchange of services, skills, knowledge and relationships between people take the hour of time as a unit of value and exchange.

Time Banks are a new social institution open to all those who wish to improve the quality of their daily life by giving, receiving and sharing their time with respect for others and a desire for reciprocity. They promote social cohesion, trust, friendship, solidarity and good treatment among people who are partners; and offer their members a wide range of services and possibilities. Thus, the members can exchange knowledge and hobbies, help with daily life tasks, take care of animals and plants, keep people company, solve small domestic breakdowns and, also, can share all kinds of group activities. Time Banks are a tool for social inclusion for newcomers, they promote intergenerational exchange and improve the reconciliation of personal, family and work life under conditions of equality between men and women.

Join us online to hear more and consider how to implement a time bank in your country.

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After a great year 2021 connecting with the COFACE Family Lab community through regular breakfast byte webinars looking at different types of supports to families (a support service, a campaign, a policy, a project, and more) we launched a new breakfast byte series again in 2022.

It again focuses on diverse types of family supports across the EU, including campaigns on inclusive education, cross-border recognition of familial ties, family leadership for an inclusive life, employment supports to adults with disabilities, tips for child safety in the home, training of non-formal education staff for working with children with and without special needs, building energy systems which put families before profits and more.

With these breakfast bytes, we aim to increase critical thinking and understanding of family support systems. The target group of the webinars is especially professionals working with families and children but is open to all (researchers, policy-makers, teachers, health workers, families, and more). It is more important than ever to connect professionals through transnational exchanges in order to tackle the social impacts of COVID-19 on families and children.

Did you miss our breakfast Bytes series or you would like to re-watch it? You can find it on COFACE TV, our Youtube channel.

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