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How to Join

Portobello Timebank membership is subscription-free. All you have to do is fill in an application form using the Join button below.


You will be asked to supply a password which is the one you will use when you go on to manage your Time and Talents account on the international hOurworld website.


We do NOT require a Basic Disclosure certificate but instead we ask you to provide two referees who are not family members. If you supply valid email addresses for your referees your application will be processed more quickly.


Once your references have been received we will activate your membership** and invite you to attend a short induction session where we will show you how to operate your Time and Talents account and help you enter your first offers and requests. ** Please add to the Safe Senders list in your email system to ensure you receive our communications.


You will get 5 hours (time credits) just for attending the induction, so you can start timebanking straight away.  Don't wait to be asked - if you see an offer or request you can deal with, reply to it directly.


Every Monday morning you will receive the automated weekly email showing a roundup of new information on Time and Talents. (If you're not getting this email, let us know.)

Data Protection Statement:

The information you have provided will be entered onto the hOurworld database and it will only ever be used in accordance with the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.This information will help Portobello Timebank to match your skills and needs suited to your personal circumstances. It will also help us to monitor our service and to improve the quality of our service. Your personal details will not be given to anyone outside of Portobello Timebank unless it is required by law for us to do so. Information about your postcode, gender, ethnicity, status, age, may be disclosed in the form of statistics and not in any way that identifies you.

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Photographic Policy:

At Portobello Timebank we need to tell people about our services. From time to time we take photographs (moving and still) of members and activities, and use case studies which can include these images and personal data (such as first name where appropriate) to illustrate our media applications to make them more accessible to our audiences.The images will not be used for any purpose other than to promote the aims of Portobello Timebank.