Volunteer your time and earn time credits

Time credit

"Time credits recognise the valuable contributions people make to their communities, local services and to others and offer access to new and interesting opportunities as a thank you." – Spice

We are a partner in Spice's time credit network, which is supported by the county council and CHS Group.

The scheme is simple: if you spend one hour helping your community, you will earn one time credit. Time credits can be exchanged for a variety of things, from exercise classes to cinema and theatre tickets.

Find out more about how time credits work on the Spice time credits website, or follow them on @cambstimecredits on Facebook or @cambstimecredit on Twitter.

Earn time credits

We offer the following opportunities to earn time credits. Contact details are provided so you can find out more.

If you decide to volunteer your time you will be expected to adhere to our volunteer policy, which will be explained during your induction.

Help us with outdoor work such as picking up litter, removing low-level graffiti, providing education to dog walkers about dog fouling, carrying out detailed ward walks to report issues, or small garden and green projects.

Help us spread the word about recycling, by educating the public about the importance of recycling and waste minimisation, manning a stall at events, door-knocking, handing out leaflets, giving talks, writing articles, or participating in monthly meetings.

If you are a city council tenant or leaseholder, you can earn time credits by helping to improve council housing services or supporting fellow tenants or leaseholders.

Help us make sure council homes and estates are kept in excellent condition by monitoring green spaces, communal areas and the repairs and maintenance work done to council estates.

Help other tenants and leaseholders to build confidence and improve digital skills, for example by showing them how to set up an email account, use a search engine, or shop online.

For both of these roles you must be a city council tenant or leaseholder. You will receive training and your expenses will be reimbursed.

There are regular opportunities to help with community events and activities and help with catering for our holiday lunch programme

Help support older people in sheltered housing and the wider community. Opportunities include being a conversation companion, helping to organise social events, helping us gather information about our level of service, and supporting local equalities groups.

There are various opportunities to volunteer at our sports events such as the annual half-marathon and Big Weekend, and our regular sports festivals and exercise classes. Roles include marshalls and stewards, coaches and sports leaders, officials and event registrars, and more. You don't have to be sporty to be a sports volunteer – there are opportunities available for everyone!

Every hour you volunteer at one of our local nature reserves will earn you one time credit as well as giving you practical conservation training (and a good day out in the fresh air). Work includes tasks such as clearing scrub, laying hedges, monitoring wildlife, and helping to manage woodland, grassland, ponds and reed beds.

Spend time credits

See the Spice time credits website for details of where you can spend your credits.

In addition, we can offer the following opportunities to Cambridge residents:

One time credit will allow you to hire a room at one of our community centres listed below for one off-peak hour, subject to availability. Please contact any of the centres below for more information or to check availability:

Time credits let you take your child to a soft-play session at Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre: the sessions, which are for under-4s, run at 9.15, 10.30 and 11.30am every Friday. One time credit allows you to take one child to one session.

A limited number of tickets to certain events are made available for time credit volunteers. The tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis.

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